Jerome “Jerry” E. Pasela, a resident of Little Falls, passed away in the arms of his family Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Burial took place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.
Jerry was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Edward and Lillian (Michalawski) Pasela. He grew up and attended school in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Upon graduation, he received his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and later completed his master’s degree in International Affairs at Ohio University. Jerry served two years in the United States Army where he was stationed in Hawaii. He also spent several years in the United States Peace Corps; serving the people of West Africa doing humanitarian work. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ring Sept. 2, 1967, at Lama Kara, Togo, West Africa. Jerry was employed at St. Cloud State University as an administrator in the international student department. In his free time he enjoyed reading, gardening, planting trees and thirsted after knowledge. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls where he lectored and distributed communion. Jerry was also a member of the Little Falls Kiwanis Club and was an active volunteer at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. He was a very generous, kind and giving person that loved helping people succeed. Jerry will be forever remembered by his family as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Betty Pasela of Little Falls; children, Sarah (Chad Spahn) Pasela of Big Lake and Chris (Heidi) Pasela of Little Falls; grandchildren, Ben and Lilly Pasela; brothers, Bobby (Sandy) Pasela of Salt Lake City, Utah and Eddy (Karen) Pasela of Cleveland; very special cousin, Margie Perelka of Twinsburgh, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian; and brother, Dan Pasela.
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