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September 12, 1941 – Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, M
Saturday, July 31, 2010
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Gerald Herman “Jerry” Karels, age 68, of Winsted, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born in Winsted on September 12, 1941 the son of John & Marie Otto Karels.

Jerry graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1959. Following graduation, he attended Dunwoody Institute for two years and learned to be a tool and die maker.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Army from 1960 until 1962.

On April 18, 1964, Gerald Karels and Patricia Smith were joined in holy marriage at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with four sons.

Jerry was formerly employed at Tonka Toys in Mound and later at Hutchinson Technology.

He was a faithful, lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted and presently served his parish as Cemetery Sexton.

Jerry also belonged to Catholic Order of Foresters, Holy Trinity Court #1054.

Survived by loving wife of forty five years: Patricia J. Karels; sons: Neal Karels of Hutchinson, Steve (Julie) Karels of Winsted, Paul (Trisha) Karels of Brownton and Joel (Christene) Karels of Winsted; grandchildren: Nicole, Hannah, Hillary, Ben, Max, Mikayla, Aleksey, Blake, Seth, Tucker, Rylan and Joslyn; sisters and brothers: Mary Ann Neumann, Ron (Dorothy) Karels, John “Jack” (Shirley) Karels, Vonnie (Jack) Barrett and Susan Karels; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law: Doris Fasching of Hutchinson, John Smith of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Ellen Staples of Monticello and Beverly Bebeau of Big Lake; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, in-laws: Howard and Bernice Smith, a sister: Delores “Sis” Provencher, and two infant sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald “Jerry” Karels was held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 31st at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Tony Hesse was the Celebrant and interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Lou Meyer-Rolfe

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a wonderful man. I enjoyed working with him so much at HTI. You are in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time.

  2. Angela L Jagodzinski

    Big Jer!! You are going to be missed very much. That little smirk that you always had, makes ya wonder what you were always thinking. If you just didn’t come out and say it!! You are at peace now! May your boys be strong for Pat and Pat be strong for them!! Rest in peace, Dear Jer!!
    Love ya-Ang

  3. Gary and Deb Carlson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Jerry was a great guy and I really enjoyed working with him at HTI. We will also remember his hospitality during Winstock and will miss him.

  4. Bev and Jerry Bebeau

    We are so very honored to have known and loved our dear brother-in-law, Jerry. He will be so missed by our family.

  5. Jackie Olson

    Neal, I was so sad to hear about the passing of your dad. He was a wonderful person and always had a “hi” and big smile to share when I would see him at HTI. I’m very sorry for your loss!

  6. Deserie Karels

    Jerry was a wonderful and amazing man. He will be deeply missed by all.
    Love and prayers to you all.

  7. Mary and Rick Staples

    He loved life, his wife, his sons, his extended family so much. He never met a stranger, and if you were the lucky person to have had Jerry greet you and visit with you, consider yourself a very lucky person. He helped without being asked, and if asked for help went right to work. We will miss him, forever and always. Love you, Jerry…..

  8. Jeff Green

    Jerry was such a thoroughly pleasant guy and a great toolmaker. Much too early for the very best to leave us.


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