|(Monday - March 15,
2021) - Eugene S. "Gene" Magera, age 82, of Goodman, passed away on
Monday, March 8, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.
Gene was born
July 9, 1938, in Chicago, to the late Stanley and Stella (Sopkowicz)
Magera. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from St. Rita High School,
class of 1956. Following graduation, he attended Oconomowoc Seminary for
four years. Gene proudly served in the United States Air Force,
stationed in Texas, until his honorable discharge. It was in the Air
Force that he first learned about computers.
Gene had a long
career in the computer industry, beginning with early computing machines
in the Air Force, eventually becoming an expert at reel-to-reel and
punchcard-driven mainframes. Eventually, he went into teaching and
training others on these technologies. Gene worked with several
companies over the years, including Honeywell, Digital Equipment, and
Platinum Technologies, finally retiring in 2006 after over 40 years in
the industry. He wrote a book on "The Standards of Computer Operations"
and saw computers go from filling entire rooms to something he could
hold in his hands.
Gene loved the outdoors and was very fond of
the time he spent as a child visiting his family farm in Goodman. He
spoke about those visits often, and in 1978 brought his five children
from Texas to visit the family farm where he taught them to fish for
trout in a stream and showed them the operations of a working dairy
farm. Whenever he could, he would take his children camping or fishing,
or hiking. In the fall of 1980, he guided all five of his kids to the
top of Mount Rogers in Virginia, burying his daughter Dallas' first lost
tooth at the summit. At the urging of his sons, Gene took up archery and
learned to bow hunt with his boys in East Texas. His natural athleticism
allowed him to become a very skilled archer, and he would routinely
challenge his boys to competitions.
Gene always loved a good
competition and attended St. Rita's high school on a football
scholarship. His senior year, he was listed as a 6'3" 195 lb. tailback,
which was a considerable size for his time. Gene always supported his
children's athletic pursuits with great passion. He could always be
heard cheering on the sidelines of his son's soccer games and once flew
his 11-year-old son from Houston to Dallas, Texas, just to participate
in their league's championship game. He was a passionate Dallas Cowboys
and Green Bay Packers fan, always telling his children stories about the
great Bart Starr and Roger Staubach. He loved to wear his Cowboys
sweater anytime he could.
Gene was a talented musician, training
on the accordion from a very young age and recording at least one
standard on a vinyl 45 record. He would regularly entertain his young
children at Christmas time by playing Christmas carols for them on his
accordion late into the night.
In 1985, Gene met the love of his
life, Bonnie (Vicki) Thompson, who he married at Reunion Tower in Dallas
on December 21, 1986. They shared 36 wonderful years by each other's
side. Vicki Magera still resides in Goodman. He is also survived by his
three sons, Joseph Magera and wife Becky, James Magera, John Magera, and
wife Karin, daughter Dallas (Magera) Miller and husband Jeff, nine
grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two nieces, and one nephew.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister
Camille (Magera) Rector, the mother of his children Deanna Stocker,
daughter Mary DeAnn (Magera) Manrriquez, and grandson George Harward.
Services will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in
Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman.
The family has chosen the
Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Florence to honor
Gene's legacy of life.
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