On April 1, 2021 the City lost a valued employee, Jerry Hasenberg Jr., in a tragic workplace accident. To honor Jerry as a valued employee, co-worker, arborist, and friend, the City has launched a memorial fund in honor of Jerry and his life's work as an arborist. Residents, community members, and friends may contribute to the Jerry Hasenberg Jr. Memorial Tree Fund, which will go directly to planting trees throughout the City's park system and green spaces. Jerry was often quoted as saying "Trees are the answer" and wanted nothing more than the City to be filled with trees. All contributions to the Memorial Fund will go directly toward planting trees within the City of De pere to honor Jerry's life work and mission.