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Gerald L. Smith, 77

Gerald “Jerry” Louis Smith, 77, of Howard Lake/Waverly, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 18, 2021, surrounded by his family, on his farm.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will take place Wednesday, March 31, at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly at 11 a.m. A celebration of life, and inurnment at St. Mary’s Cemetery will take place at a future date.

Jerry was born Oct. 12, 1943, to Louis and Etta (Gebhardt) Smith in Montrose.

Jerry graduated in 1961 from St. Mary’s High School in Waverly. Jerry was united in marriage Oct. 21, 1967 to Margarete “Maggie” Caviezel at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Etta Smith; and a sister, Darlene (Smith) Drusch.

Jerry was a lifelong farmer who enjoyed spending time outside. He loved all things music, with a particular love for singing and the drums. He played in a band in high school, and further into life he enjoyed entertaining people in a polka band with his good friend Jerry Knop. He will be remembered by all as a caring, understanding man who loved his family and his cigars.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Maggie; children Jason (Lisa), Serena, Samantha (Andrew), Tabitha, and Romana; grandchildren Alexandra (Jacob), Jenna, Lauren, Tyler, Jordan, Avery, Dillon, Gia, Zachary (Joanna), Tonya (Zach); and great-grandchildren Chloe, Mason, Jayla, Zayne, and Bentley.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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