Jerry Kroska, age 85 of Mound, formerly of Forest Lake and St. Paul passed away peacefully following a lengthy battle with cancer with his wife of 63 years by his side. Jerry was born June 6, 1934 in St. Paul, MN to Donald and Olive Kroska. He met the love of his life, Jackie Farah, on a blind date in 1951. After serving in the U.S. Army, Korean War, Jerry and Jackie married and have been inseparable since. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, playing sports (especially hockey) and going out to coffee. The family will always remember his love of God, family, country, the value of hard work and his amazing quick wit. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Naomi; brother-in-law, Ralph; nephew, David. Survived by his wife, Jackie; sons, Steve (Nami), Jim (Shari Gernandt), Bill (Lisa); daughter, Ann (Brian) Turbeville; grandchildren, Alex, Michael, CJ, Mitch, Travis, Matt, Nicole, Eric, Rachel, Sam; nieces, Denise, Sheila, Joann and Mary Kay. A Celebration Mass of Jerry’s life will held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 14th at Church of the Assumption, 51 7th Street West, St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior. Luncheon to follow. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The family would like to thank our Park Nicollet Hospice team, particularly our special nurse, Pam, for your extraordinary care of Jerry, and helping us through this journey. Memorials preferred to Park Nicollet Hospice or the charity of your choice.

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Sally Hagman

Dear Jackie, Steve, Jim, Bill, and Ann,

Dave and I were so sad to learn about Gerry's passing...He was a warm and wonderful person who always had a twinkle in his eye :-) We remember him fondly.

And we remember Gerry as "Jackie and Gerry", because it was always clear that they were a duo, committed to one another, with family central to their lives. They enjoyed raising their "flock" and we enjoyed hearing tales about the four "kids," and as they grew older, their families. One time Jackie and Gerry drove all the way up to Grand Rapids to say "hi" to us after our move north! We had so much fun catching up and sharing stories! One clear memory from their visit was a story Gerry told that still makes us chuckle. It was a story about two of their grandchildren with the punch line, "That's the problem"! We hope this reminds you of a funny family story, and it makes you smile...

Dave and I send our love to all of you as you face living without Gerry. He was a gem....

Love you, Jackie! Sally Hagman

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