Gerald (Jerry) Mathias Friesen


Gerald (Jerry) Mathias Friesen, age 85, of Faribault, MN, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Oak Hill Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, MN, following an extended illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. Interment will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery in Faribault.

Visitation will be held at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home, 1725 Lyndale Ave. N., Faribault on Sunday from 1:00 4:00 p.m. and on Monday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Gerald Mathias Friesen, the son of Edward and Rose (Simon) Friesen, was born on February 2, 1933 in Faribault, MN. He was united in marriage to Cecilia Karp on May 15, 1954 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Faribault. Jerry and Ceil lived in North Mankato, MN and raised their family, before moving back to Faribault in 1980. Jerry and Ceil had a hobby farm by Amboy, MN and spent a lot of time gardening and enjoying nature. Jerry shared what he saw in nature around him in his paintings and drawings. He passed along his belief in being a good steward of the land to his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking, making birdhouses and refinishing furniture. Jerry worked at Prudential for 25 years. Upon retirement, he and Ceil operated a used bookstore in Faribault.

Jerry was active in the Catholic Church and School Board in Mankato and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Jerry will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Ceil Friesen; and their children, Rhonda (Tony) Meyer of Northfield, MN, Denise Friesen (Steve Gahm) of Mankato, Keith (Pam) Friesen of Grand Rapids, Kevin (Terri) Friesen of Grand Rapids, and Chris (Tim) Caron of Faribault; his grandchildren and great grandchildren; and brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

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Published on December 6, 2018
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