Norbert “Norb” Gerads, 90, of Freeport, died peacefully Nov. 13, 2021, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Dan Walz officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. 

Norbert Gerads was born June 25, 1931, in Krain Township, Stearns County, to Charles and Loretta (Harren) Gerads. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1954-56. He was united in marriage to Mildred Fischer Oct. 9, 1956, in Albany. The couple farmed north of St. Anthony and owned and operated Norb Gerads Construction before retiring to Freeport in 1992. After retirement, he enjoyed grading, quilting and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport.

Survivors include his children, Leo (Debbie) Gerads of Freeport, Marie (Mike) Meinz of St. Augusta and Sue (Rob) Jaksa of Plymouth; eight grandchildren Brittany and Moriah Meinz, Jayme, Matt, Abby and Alex Gerads; and Halle and Cole Jaksa; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Frank (Doreen) Gerads of Freeport, Herbie Gerads of Freeport, Gilbert (Carol) Gerads of Freeport, Jake (Judy) Gerads of Freeport, Magdeline “Toots” Schwanke of Waite Park, Betty Bechtold of Sauk Rapids, Loretta (Herbie) Thull of Melrose, Delores Lynn of Waite Park, Sr. Marie Gerads O.S.B. of St. Cloud, and Bertha Herdering of Upsala; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Norb was preceded in death by his wife, Millie Gerads, Sept. 24, 2005; parents; grandson Shawn Gerads and brothers Bernard and Joe Gerads.

Serving as casket bearers were Jayme Gerads, Alex Gerads, Matt Gerads, Gilbert Gerads, Ralph Gerads and Pete Gerads. Cross bearer was Breanna Benner and scripture bearer was Moriah Meinz.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.     P-47-1B