(Jerry John Marthaler was born on November 3, 1936 in Osakis, MN, the son of Martin and Catherine (Peternell) Marthaler. He grew up in Osakis where he attended country school, St. John’s Preparatory School and Osakis High School.
On September 2, 1958, Jerry was united in marriage to JoAnn Tiemann. They had sixty-two wonderful years together and were the proud parents of four daughters. He was a loving father who will be so greatly missed by his family.
Jerry was a six-year member of the Minnesota National Guard. He was employed by Great Plains Supply, Continental Bridge, and United Building Center. He was an active member of his St. Mary’s Church and served as a lector for many years.
Jerry enjoyed camping, ham radio, having coffee with his friends, playing cards with his grandchildren, and wintering in Arizona during his retirement years with JoAnn and many friends. His hobby of woodworking throughout his life provided many cherished items for his family and friends. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Alexandria Evening Lions club for many years. Jerry also volunteered his time to Let’s Go Fishing. He was a good man who will be remembered for his patience and kindness. He was always eager to help others when there was a project that needed to be completed.
On January 24, 2021, Jerry died of COVID-19 in Mesa, AZ at the age of eighty-four years. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Marthaler; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Marthaler. Jerry is survived by his wife, JoAnn Marthaler; four daughters, Mary (Mark) Jensen of Granite Falls, MN, Patricia (Curt) Larson of Monticello, MN, Lisa (Eric) Monsrud of Bemidji, MN, and Lori (Matt) Miller of Hugo, MN; eight grandchildren, Meghan and Chris Jensen, Andrea (Larry) Jackson, Summer (Scott) Hulsebus, Molly Monsrud, and Rachel, Jana, and Haley Miller; two great grandchildren, Lucas and Eli Jackson; brother, Martin (Alice) Marthaler of Marshall, MN, and sister, Beatrice (Fred) Massmann of Sauk Centre, MN.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11 AM Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Church of St. Mary in Alexandria. Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM Thursday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Masks and social distancing will be required at the church and funeral home. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.