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Gerard C. Soenen

Dec 17, 2019

A Mass of Christian Burial for Gerard Soenen of Emmetsburg will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial is in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg where there will be a rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m.

Gerard C. “Jerry” Soenen, son of Maurice and Martha (Noppe) Soenen, was born Jan 14, 1925 in Ghent, MN. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Marshall, MN.

Jerry was united in marriage to Florence Timmerman in Minneota, MN on Sept. 7, 1950. To this union, eight children were born, including Greg (Liz) Soenen of Goldfield, Bob (Jane) Soenen of Emmetsburg, Tom (Sue) Soenen of New Hampton, Ken (Karen) Soenen of Rockwell City, Mary Lee (Dave) Orr of Emmetsburg, Geriann “Annie” (Gary) of Bancroft, Julie (Jim) Koeppel of Coralville.

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater for 18 months with an honorable discharge.

Jerry and Florence farmed in Marshall, MN for 13 years before moving to Emmetsburg where they purchased Deep Rock Truck Stop. After retiring, Jerry drove school bus for the Emmetsburg School District for 12 years and all of the children loved him.

Jerry was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knight’s of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2295.

Jerry enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, collecting coins with his grandson, Joel and having coffee with friends. Gatherings with family on many occasions, especially Easter and Christmas, were what he treasured most.

Jerry was dearly loved by his family and friends and cherished by his Emerald Oaks family, his card playing buddies, and his best fishing buddy, Bob Hamerlinck. He loved to make memories on the many family fishing trips they took to Canada. Jerry had a quick wit, but not a sharp tongue. He was kind to everyone, and he never met a stranger. His warm and infectious smile will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, Jerry passed away at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Florence, who he honored for 69 years; six children; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, (Bob and Marie Hamerlinck); three sisters-in-law Angie, Mary, and Madeleine Timmerman; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Tom; an infant son, Steven; his parents; mother and father-in-law; two brothers; four brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and three nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palo Alto County Hospice.

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