Jerome J. Stumpf, a resident of Pierz, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the Pierz Villa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz, with Father Kenneth Popp officiating. Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s parish cemetery in Pierz. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday, all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Parish prayers are at 7 p.m. followed by Knights of Columbus office of the dead at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Military Honors will be conducted by the Pierz American Legion Post 341 and the Little Falls VFW Post 1112.
Jerome J. Stumpf was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Agram Township, Morrison County, to the late Fred and Alma (Dehler) Stumpf. He joined the United States Army in 1946 during the end of World War II and served as an Army medical technician stationed in Korea. He married Beverly Squires June 21, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz, where they lived and raised their 11 children. He owned and operated Jerry’s Service in Genola for 25 years until he retired. Jerome was very active in his community. He served on the Genola City Council for a number of years, and he was a member of the Pierz Lions Club, Little Falls VFW, Pierz American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Catholic Aid Society. Jerome received the Helen Keller Award for outstanding community service from the Pierz Lions Club in 2012.He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and playing cards with friends. In his later years, he enjoyed attending auctions where he purchased antique engines to restore and display. Jerome loved spending time with his 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; they will have fond memories of his teasing.
Jerome will be dearly missed by his children: Kathy Prescott of Woodbridge, Va., Barb (Ronald) Watercott of Pierz, Carol (Steve) Archer of Little Falls, Robert (Virginia) Stumpf of Little Falls, Marilyn (Tim) Bayerl, of Alexandria, Richard (Patricia) Stumpf of Custer, S,D., Julie Kalahar of St. Cloud, Jean Stumpf of Golden Valley, Patricia (Paul) Schlauderaff of St. Joseph, Thomas (Dawn) Stumpf of Pierz, and Teri (Dave) Ahlm of Golden Valley; his sister, Olivia Maciej, and brothers, Leo (Phyllis), Wilbert (Mary), and Melvin (MaryAnn); brother-in-law, Richard Long; and dear friend and brother-in-law, Sam (JoAnn) Stocco.
Jerome was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Beverly, Nov. 26, 2010; his parents, Fred and Alma; his sisters, Mildred Bieniek, and MaryAnn Long; and his infant grandson, Jason Stumpf.
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