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Gerald W. Peikert, 80

Gerald William Peikert, age 80, of South Haven, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Due to concerns about the COVID-19 VIRUS, the original plans for funeral services for Gerald Peikert have been canceled. A private family service will take place.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the local food shelf, or the Dassel-Cokato School District where he taught and coached.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.In lieu of flowers.

Gerald was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Greenfield, the son of William and Lorraine (Hillstrom) Peikert. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of his death.

He grew up in the Greenfield area, where he graduated from the Rockford High School. Jerry continued his education by attending the University of Minnesota, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics.

Gerald was united in marriage to Joyce Nelson Oct. 8, 1966, in Hopkins. The couple made their home in Dassel until 1976, when they moved to a farm in rural South Haven. Together, they raised their three children and spoiled their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gerald accepted a position as a math teacher and coach at the Dassel High School in 1966. When Dassel and Cokato school districts consolidated, he continued to teach math. He loved his students, and enjoyed seeing them reach true understanding of mathematical concepts.

Jerry retired from teaching after 42 years in the classroom. He continued to support the school district by attending Charger athletic events.

He loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jerry also enjoyed spending time fishing, whether in a boat or a fish house. He truly loved spending time outside in the fields and garden amongst the dirt and plants, and would spend many hours in the garden either weeding, pruning, or just enjoying the nature around him. He could often be found during the summer just sitting in his garden or by the raspberry patch.

Jerry also enjoyed passing on his knowledge of growing up tapping maple trees to make maple syrup. This was an activity the whole family came to enjoy with him. He looked forward to having breakfast with either friends or family during the week, and loved to read the local and state newspapers, such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Enterprise Dispatch, and complete the sudoku puzzles to keep his mind fresh.

Jerry was an avid coach, having coached football, baseball, and wrestling. He was a devoted supporter of the Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Vikings.

He is survived by his daughters, Kristine (Richard) Peikert Elliott of Waite Park, Pam Peikert of Annandale, and Amy Peikert Nordstrom of South Haven; four grandchildren, Cecilia (Jaibyne Braatz) Nordstrom, Tarren (Bethany Grangroth) Nordstrom, Abigail Nordstrom, and Jordan Nordstrom; three great-grandchildren, Haylin Nordstrom, Mavis Braatz, and Cormick Braatz; as well as several nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; parents, William and Lorraine Peikert; three grandchildren; twin infant babies, Breanne and Kyle; and an infant baby girl, Paige; son-in-law, James Nordstrom; and his brother, Dennis Peikert.

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