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Ferdie G. Ehalt, 82

Ferdie G. Ehalt, age 82, of St. Bonifacius, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

He was born March 11, 1928, in Humbolt Sask, Canada, the son of Carl and Eleanore (Theisen) Ehalt.

Ferdie was united in marriage to Patricia S. Geyen May 16, 1950, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius by Father Wohlfry.

Ferdie enjoyed being outside in the garage, putzing and woodworking.

He was a Special Olympics volunteer and played Santa Claus for inner city children.

Ferdie was very involved in his church, holding positions as Eucharist minister and usher, and served on the city council in St. Bonifacius.

Ferdie’s grandkids and great-grandkids were the love of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Eleanore Ehalt; brother-in-law Roger Moy; and sister-in-law Ruth Ehalt.

Ferdie is survived by his loving family; wife Pat; children, Carol (Tim) Holland of Howard Lake, Jim (Cindy) Ehalt of Watertown, Connie (Barry) Galles of Norwood Young America, and Lori (Chuck) Gregory of Mayer; grandchildren Mariah and Scott Vitiritto, Shawn Davis, Rachel and Jim Lyons, Nick Ehalt, Steve Schmidt, Nathan and Sara Ehalt, Jacob Gregory, and Cody Gregory; and great-grandchildren Maggie, Oliver, and Hazel.

He is further survived by brothers Peter Ehalt of Canada, and Joe (Carol) Ehalt of Kansas; sister Marie Moy of Waconia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law George and Bernice Geyen of St. Bonifacius, Maynard and Maryann Geyen of Minnetrista, Adeline and Harold Stacken of Waconia, Gertrude and Art Stacken of Chaska, and Rose and Norm Willems of Norwood Young America; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Thomas Balluff as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was in the church cemetery.

There was a gathering of family and friends Friday from 8 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church.

Ferdie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.