THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Andrew J. Cerrato
Andrew James Cerrato, 40, of De Pere, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Tuesday, July 30.
Born on Aug. 3, 1972, in Amery to Robert and Sharon Cerrato, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1990. He continued his education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, while playing football at the University of MN-Duluth where he met the love of his life, Tammy. They were married on Aug. 12, 1995, in Duluth, MN and moved to the Green Bay area.
He taught 5th and 6th grade for the past 17 years in the De Pere School District and earned his Master's Degree in Education from Viterbo University at LaCrosse in 2006. During his 17 years he touched many lives through both teaching and coaching freshman basketball, JV football, and cross country.
An extremely loving husband and father, he was most proud of his three daughters, Carly, 15, Lexi, 14, and Natalie, 12. He coached all three girls in basketball and softball and also loved camping, fishing, hunting and traveling with his family and friends. His smile, laughter, and quick wit could light up a room. His one-liners and unique nicknames for others will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years, Tammy (Vandenberg) Cerrato of De Pere; daughters, Carly, Alexis and Natalie; parents, Robert, sr. and Sharon Cerrato of Green Bay; two brothers, Robert, jr. (Cheryl) Cerrato of Green Bay and Craig Cerrato of St. Paul, Minn.; mother-in-law, Karen Vandenberg of Little Canada, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Ed) Sheils of Saratoga, Wyo. and Mary (Bob) Pankonien of Maplewood, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Erick Vandenberg of Superior; his maternal grandmother, Lila Roback of Plover and seven nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James Roback; maternal grandparents, Charles and Florence Cerrato and father-in-law, Douglas Vandenberg.
Family and friends called at Cotter Funeral Home, De Pere from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. Visitation continued on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, Allouez. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday with Rev. Luther Swenson officiating. Online memorials can be sent to www.cotterfuneralhome.com. A memorial fund is being established for his three daughters.