Jerome Strunic, age 83 of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born July 23, 1921 in St. Paul, the son of John and Mae (Pitschneider) Strunic. He received the sacraments of baptism, first communion, and confirmation at the Church of St. Patrick in St. Paul.
In the 1930s, Jerome’s family moved to Jordan.
Jerome was united in marriage to Genevieve Gregory Nov. 29, 1947 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Jordan. The couple made their home in the Alexandria area, until moving to Lester Prairie in 1966.
Jerome served as the chief of police in Lester Prairie from 1966 to 1984. He continued in law enforcement, serving as a security guard until his retirement.
He enjoyed handyman work, and remodeled the family’s home. He also liked gardening and caring for his pets. His family will remember him for his devotion to them.
Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mae Strunic.
He is survived by his wife, Genevieve; children: Judy Hendershot (husband Lloyd), Tom Strunic (wife Karen), Terry Strunic, Pat Martin (husband Don), Carol Vanacker, Gail Arens, and Janet Birkholz (friend Larry Peroutka); nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Ed Gregory (wife Rose); sisters-in-law Lucille Schommer, Clara Hartmann, and Florence Madsen; as well as other relatives and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Jerome’s life was Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie, with Father Paul Wolf officiating. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Visitation was Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.
The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie handled the arrangements.