Gerald Herman “Jerry” Karels, age 68, of Winsted, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born in Winsted Sept. 12, 1941, the son of John and Marie Otto Karels.
Jerry graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1959. Following graduation, he attended Dunwoody Institute for two years and learned to be a tool and die maker.
He honorably served his country in the US Army from 1960 until 1962.
Gerald was joined in holy marriage with Patricia Smith April 18, 1964, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with four sons.
Jerry was formerly employed at Tonka Toys in Mound, and later at Hutchinson Technology.
He was a faithful, lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, and presently served his parish as cemetery sexton.
Jerry also belonged to Catholic Order of Foresters, Holy Trinity Court 1054.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patricia J. Karels; sons Neal Karels of Hutchinson, Steve (Julie) Karels of Winsted, Paul (Trisha) Karels of Brownton, and Joel (Christene) Karels of Winsted; and grandchildren Nicole, Hannah, Hillary, Ben, Max, Mikayla, Aleksey, Blake, Seth, Tucker, Rylan and Joslyn.
Jerry is further survived by sisters and brothers, Mary Ann Neumann, Ron (Dorothy) Karels, John “Jack” (Shirley) Karels, Vonnie (Jack) Barrett, and Susan Karels; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Doris Fasching of Hutchinson, John Smith of Columbus, OH, Mary Ellen Staples of Monticello, and Beverly Bebeau of Big Lake; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Howard and Bernice Smith; a sister, Delores “Sis” Provencher; and two infant sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, July 31 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Tony Hesse was the celebrant, and interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.