Merlyn X. Jerzak, 70
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Formerly of St. Cloud
July 24, 1942 - January 5, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MN for Merlyn "Merle" X. Jerzak, age 70, of Buffalo, formerly of the St. Cloud area, who died on Saturday at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Rev. Jerome Tupa, OSB and Rev. Gordon Tavis, OSB will concelebrate, burial will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery Marshall, MN. Friends and relatives may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Saint Cloud and also one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday. St. Joseph Parish prayers will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. and the St. Joseph American Legion Post #328 ritual will be at 6:30 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Saint Cloud.
Merlyn X. Jerzak was born on July 24, 1942 in Tyler, MN to Edward and Martha (Peppersack) Jerzak, he grew up in Minneota, MN. He was a 1964 graduate of St. John's University, Collegeville, MN with a double major in business and economics. He was united in marriage to Mavis M. "Scottie" Scott on September 21, 1968 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy, MN. Following their marriage they made their home in the Saint Cloud area until moving to Buffalo, MN in 2004. He enjoyed working outside around his home in his gardens and landscaping alongside his Wife, Scottie. Having lived and worked in the St. Cloud area for over 30 years, Merle built many solid relationships and family friends from the St. Cloud area. Merle was known as a hardworking man who was employed by Miller companies of St. Cloud for over 20 years, Merck Pharmaceutical for five years, and most recently at Home Depot in Monticello, MN since 2005. He was a member and past Commander of the St. Joseph American Legion Post #328. Being a man strong in his faith, Merle was very active with the Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MN and was a member of the choir for many years. Merle was a loving Father, Husband, Grandfather, Uncle and friend who will be missed by many. He loved spending time with his three grandchildren and would often take them fishing. We are all so grateful to have shared in the life of Merle, and we wish him a peaceful journey into the arms of God! We love you Papa!
Survivors include his loving wife, Scottie of Buffalo; daughter, Rochelle (Chad) Curtis of Chanhassen and son, Chad (Heidi) of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Rachel, Maggie and Ben; brother, Ralph (Mary) Jerzak of Elk River and sisters, Phyllis Riley of Chanhassen and Sharleen Townsend of Eden Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Felicia.
Memorials are preferred.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 8, 2013