Gerald Thomalla, 86

obit-ThomallaGerald Thomalla, of North Prairie, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 16, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, North Prairie, with Fr. Laurn Virnig officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Gerald Peter Paul Thomalla was born June 29, 1927, in Two Rivers Township, Morrison County, the son of Joseph and Sophie (Sobiech) Thomalla. He attended school in North Prairie and Royalton. On Oct. 1, 1951, he was united in marriage to Donna Mrosla at Holy Cross Catholic Church in North Prairie. The couple lived in the Rice area for 27 years and in the North Prairie area for the past 35 years. Gerald was employed at Dezurik Corp. in Sartell for 42 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and playing cards. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Society, Minnesota Dark House Association, Machinist & Aerospace Union 623 for over 60 years, former member of the Rice Fire Department and was grounds keeper for Holy Cross Cemetery for many years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna Thomalla of North Prairie; children, Allen (Arlene) Thomalla of Bowlus, Thomas (Deborah) Thomalla of Bowlus, Joseph (Mary) Thomalla of St. Stephen, Daniel (Ginger) Thomalla of Elk River and Mardelle (Rollie) Trettel of Bowlus; sisters, Shirley (Tom) Solorz of Stanchfield and Doreen (Lloyd) Solorz of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Julia Thomalla of St. Cloud; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Gerald was preceded in death by his son, Rodney (1977); parents, Joseph (1967) and Sophie (1987); sister, Alice Peterick (1996); and brothers, Jerome (1990) and Walter (2008).

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home