Gerald Allen Konerza “Jerry”, age 68 of Silver Lake, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was born August 31, 1953 in Hutchinson, the son of Kenneth and Grace (Kucera) Konerza.
Jerry was baptized and confirmed at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake and continued to be a faithful, lifelong member. He was very dedicated to the church, being involved in many activities and serving as a church elder. Jerry was also a long time member of the John Deere Two-Cylinder Club and a lifelong member of the ZCBJ Lodge.
Jerry graduated from Silver Lake High School class of 1971. He loved the land and farming, and he was a dedicated mechanic for many friends and family around Silver Lake. He enjoyed attending auctions, repairing and restoring John Deere Tractors, and he especially enjoyed family get-togethers on the farm.
Jerry had a heart of gold. He was one of the most honest and loyal individuals one could ever meet. He was a kind and caring man who devoted his life to caring for his mother. He will be missed by all!
He is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Konerza.
Jerry is survived by his mother, Grace Konerza of Silver Lake; brother, Gordon (Wanda) Konerza of Prior Lake; nieces and nephew, Ellen (Abe) Konerza, Ross (Rochelle) Konerza, Elise (David) Vrchota; great-nephews and niece, Brayden, Carter, Rylee; and other family and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, with prayer service 7:45 PM, at Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. Burial will follow at Bohemian National Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Serving the family is Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. 320-327-2417. www.mareshfuneralhome.com.
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