Dennis A. Gerold

September 19, 1926 - July 30, 2020

Dennis A. Gerold, age 93, died peacefully on Thursday, July 30 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center. Dennis was born on September 19, 1926 in Jordan, Minnesota to Egon and Agatha (VonBank) Gerold. He graduated from Jordan High School and served in the US Army in Korea. He married Betty Bisek on October 14, 1950 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague and joined his father in partnership on the family dairy farm in rural Jordan. The Gerold farm has been in the family since 1864, and the seventh generation is currently living on the land.

Dennis belonged to the Men’s Society of St. Benedict Church and sang in the choir for many years. His faith life continued into the church community as an active member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was active in the National Farmers’ Organization and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He taught preparedness classes during the Cuban missile crisis and took up water skiing, downhill skiing and golf. He and Betty travelled extensively through the U.S. and to Germany, the Czech Republic and the Holy Land. They enjoyed an active social life with friends from the St. Benedict area, took part in a bowling league and sang in a German choral group. He was always up for a good game of euchre or sheephead and loved fishing trips with his sons. He enjoyed attending his grandchildrens’ events and holding each new great-grandchild.

He is survived by his children Mary (Kevin) Higgins, Mona (Dave) Harmann, Dave (Jean Shonka) Gerold, Steve (Jane Schneider) Gerold, Judy (Mark) Harinen, Dan (Kris Mueller) Gerold, John (Marsha Jensen) Gerold, and Paul Gerold, as well as 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, sisters Anyce Ditter and Sr. Benita Gerold OSB. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty on April 28, 2017, infant daughter Elizabeth, his parents, and sisters Mercedes and Celene.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. He will be buried in the St. Benedict Cemetery.

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JeNean Erickson
5 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Gerold family.

Polly Okeson-Chapek
5 months ago

Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Try to keep those good memories close to your heart.

Jenny Kajer
5 months ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was very kind to my Mother-in-Law, Helen, and our family. Prayers for all of you.

Anne Doyle
5 months ago

My prayers and condolences to your family. May your faith and treasured memories bring you peace and comfort. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Ken Kes
5 months ago

Dennis was also a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed his card game once a month with his fellow knights. Always had the same table too. He also worked for all the Fish Frys doing his baked fish. It was the best!

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