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Benjamin J. "Jerry" Carey, age 92, of Mapleton, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2017 at the Mapleton Community Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Teresa Catholic Church with Fr. Jason Kern officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Private family interment. Memorials are preferred to St. Teresa Catholic Church or the Mapleton Community Home. Mankato Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
Ben was born on September 8, 1924, in Beauford Township, MN to Benjamin and Hattie (Templin) Carey. He was raised in Mapleton and graduated from the Mapleton School District. Ben married Inga Louise (Seljeseth) on April 30, 1973. He worked for the highway department, and as an executive for the Department of Transportation for 42 years.
Ben loved buying new cars, traveling, tending to his flower garden, bird-watching, and watching sports. He was a faithful, devout Catholic, and was always a gentleman. Ben was a very social man, and always had a story to tell. He was full of facts and could tell you something that happened 60 years ago, but could not remember what he had for lunch each day.
Ben is survived by his nieces, Harriet Peterson, Joanne Rounkles, Frances Davern, and Patricia Grothe; nephew, Benjamin Grothe; step-daughter, Margarite Beber; and step-grandchildren, Teresa Skobba, Amy Butler, Jane Butler, Nathan Chapman, Andrew Chapman, and Joseph Butler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Madeline Grothe; step-children, Antonia Sharits, Sigard Chapman, and Kim Chapman.
Published on February 28, 2017
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