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Jerome B. Hirsch, 77

Jerome B. “Jerry” Hirsch, Age 77, of Watertown, MN, passed away after a nine-year battle with Alzheimer’s, at his home, Dec. 26, 2020, surrounded by his family.

A private memorial Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Watertown. The service will be livestreamed on the Immaculate Conception Facebook page.

A public gathering of family and friends will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 loving years, Diane (Bily) Hirsch; daughters, Rachelle (Mike) Barfknecht of Watertown, and Jennifer Hirsch of St. Louis Park; son, David (Morgan) Hirsch of Bend, OR; grandchildren, Meghan and Paige Barfknecht; dog, Chloe; nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Margaret and Bernard Hirsch; brother, Charles Hirsch; in-laws, Louis and Ann Bily; sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Gerald Schotik Sr.

Jerry graduated from Cretin High School, St. Paul in 1961, and went on to earn a pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 1966. His career spanned over 40 years as a pharmacist; the majority of those years spent owning and running Harms Pharmacy in Watertown.

Outside of his profession, Jerry served his community as mayor and city council member for many years. He was active in his church and the Lions Club, where he was most recently awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, for tremendous contribution to humanity.

He was a member of the National Guard from 1967 to 1974, followed by service in the US Army Reserve from 1974 to 1985.

Jerry enjoyed traveling around the world and experiencing new adventures. One such noteworthy expedition was during a trip to Ireland with the Immaculate Conception Church (ICC) Choir, where he helped navigate the tour bus through the narrow and winding streets, to the delight of his travel companions. Ever the analyst and historian, Jerry always made a point of visiting other pharmacies, treating them like museums.

When he wasn’t traveling, Jerry enjoyed reading books by the fireplace and expanding his Christmas village. He was an avid University of Minnesota Gopher fan, probably one of their biggest. Jerry loved all Minnesota pro teams, but his heart was always with the Gophers.

Jerry adored his granddaughters and loved being their “papa.”

Jerry made a positive impact on many lives and will be remembered for his faith to his church, family, and community. He was an extraordinary and beautiful husband, father, and grandfather with a strong work ethic, that resulted in many valued lifetime friendships.

In honor of Jerry, please hug your loved ones and find good in the small things. Also, remember to take your pills as prescribed! #Skiumahforever!

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