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Jim Fitzgerald
WFI Hall of Fame supplier
James H. Fitzgerald, Sr., president of Herb Fitzgerald Co. of Butler, WI, died Jan. 3 at age 85.
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He was a charter member of the Wisconsin Fabricare Institute’s Hall of Fame. As president of the Herb Fitzgerald Co., he led a three-generation firm that was founded more than 60 years ago to provide service, repair and parts for the laundry and drycleaning industry. The company later expanded into machinery sales and became a top distributor in the state of Wisconsin.
Through the company, he was active in the Textile Care Allied Trades Association, the Wisconsin Association of Textile Services, the Wisconsin Healthcare Association and the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association in addition to the Wisconsin Fabricare Institute.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, and is survived by his children Jim, Jeff, Dann and Janell, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 138 West Buntrock Avenue, Thiensville, WI.

Norvin Pellerin
Co-founder of Pellerin Milnor
Norvin Pellerin, co-founder and retired president of the Pellerin Milnor Corp. of Kenner, LA, died Feb. 11 at the age of 86.
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He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Tulane University in 1946. In 1947, along with his father, Willis A. Pellerin, he co-founded the company, which became a major manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment, and held 18 patents for various laundry machinery. His design and engineering expertise led to many developments including top-transfer continuous batch washing.
The company’s product was a small centrifugal extractor for laundries and drycleaning plants. Larger extractors were added, followed by small open-end washers a few years later, and then by combination washer-extractors in 1956. In 1957, the company moved to a new factory in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, which became the nucleus of a manufacturing facility that eventually expanded to more than 400,000 square feet.
The company went on to develop coin-operated washer-extractors and large, easy-loading washer extractors in the 1960s, followed by completely automated hands-off washer extractor systems and tunnel washers in the 1970s.
He was a recipient of Tulane University’s School of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award in 1996, the Rudolph Maglin Lifetime Achievement Award for associate members of the Textile Rental Services Association in 2004, and the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate in 2012. He was also inducted into the National Association of Institutional Linen Management (now the Association for Linen Management) Hall of Fame in 1998.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Sue; two sons, Jim Pellerin and Curtis Pellerin; two daughters, Julie Bukrey and Renee Gordon; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 5100 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124, or the Willis and Mildred Pellerin Foundation, which awards merit-based college scholarships (PO Box 400, Kenner, LA 70063).
Donations can be made through the following website: www.norvinpellerin.com.

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