Jeraldene  Mondloch


Jeraldene (Jeri) Ber-Dora (King) Mondloch of St. Peter, MN passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019 due to complications from emphysema which she had battled courageously for many years.

Jeri was born on August 6, 1936 to Harold and Mabel King in Ideal Township. She was instilled with a strong work ethic; in addition to completing her chores at home, she worked multiple jobs in her early years, from telephone operator to waitress. She graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1954 and became a registered nurse after completing the program at St. Gabriel's School of Nursing in Little Falls. While attending St. Gabe's, she met and fell in love with Eugene (Gene) Mondloch of Little Falls (born August 16, 1935) and they were married on June 6, 1959 at St. Alice's Church in Pequot Lakes.

Gene and Jeri had 5 children and lived initially in Little Falls then moved to Northfield and then to Mankato in 1967, where Jeri worked as a registered nurse at Immanuel Hospital and later, Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter until 2005. Jeri also served in the National Guard as a nurse for many years. Gene, who worked as a National Guard recruiter and a Shaklee distributor, was tragically killed in a car accident on February 1, 1978, leaving Jeri to raise their children, including the youngest, Stephanie, who was born a little over two years earlier with Down's Syndrome.

Jeri was determined to live life to the fullest, despite her health obstacles. She enjoyed traveling around the world, participating in Volksmarches, cruising with the Sea Puffers, curling, skiing, bicycling, golfing, putting together puzzles, quilting, sewing, knitting, and playing cribbage. She was a faithful Minnesota Twins fan, rarely missing a game on TV and occasionally attending games in person. She loved participating in groups like Catholic Daughters, the Quilt Club, and the Swamp Girls. She was spunky, stubborn, and doggedly determined. In 2016, she overcame a grueling 156-day stint in the hospital and miraculously recovered, allowing her to achieve her goal of going on a family cruise to Alaska the following summer. She was a good listener, a great motivator, and made an impact on everyone she met. And she laughed a lot.

Jeri is survived by her children, Deborah (Bradley) Nelson, Ham Lake, MN, Arnold (Kathryn) Mondloch, Sammamish, WA, Benedict (Denise) Mondloch, Ann Arbor, MI, Sharon (William) Nittinger, New Braunfels, TX, and Stephanie, Mankato, MN, along with 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild (with another on the way), her brother Gaylund (Maxine), her sister, Helene, her sisters-in-law Francella Greene, Elaine (Marvin) Binstock, and Darlene (John) Zurawski. In addition to her husband Gene, Jeri was preceded in death by both of her parents, Harold (Sept 25, 1972) and Mabel (Dec. 4, 1996), her sister Estalene (April 25, 2003), and many extended relatives.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6th at the Church of Saint Paul, Ham Lake, MN (visitation one hour prior). Private interment at Camp Ripley Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to either MRCI, which creates innovative opportunities for people with disabilities (and has been a blessing for Stephanie), or to Jeri's parish in Mankato, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
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Published on September 4, 2019
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4 posts

Sep 07, 2019
Barb Hemberger
Sep 05, 2019
My sympathies to your family. Barb Hemberger
Todd Hoffman
Sep 05, 2019
Dear Mondloch Family
Jeri was a wonderful mom to all the neighborhood kids growing up in West Mankato! Her legacy as a compassionate and loving person is steadfast in her community. We are celebrating her life well lived and sharing in your sorrow at this difficult time.
Todd Hoffman Family
Chanhassen, MN
Deborah Nelson
Sep 03, 2019
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