September 13, 2022 at 1:59 p.m.
Dorothy F. Gerads, 87, of St. Francis, passed away peacefully Sept. 10, 2022, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 13 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis, in rural Freeport, with the Rev. David Maciej officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Dorothy Florence Skudlarek was born June 22, 1935, in St. Stephen, to Valentine and Christina (Lahr) Skudlarek. She attended public school District 86 in St. Stephen. In the early 1950s she was employed by Lakeland Bakery in St. Cloud. On Dec. 29, 1954, she was united in marriage to Bernard Gerads at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in St. Stephen. The couple farmed in rural Freeport until their retirement in 1992.
Dorothy devoted herself to being a farm wife, homemaker and mother to their children, John (Diane Bauer) Gerads of Grey Eagle, David (Darlene) Gerads of Freeport, Diane (Tom) Jesh of Freeport, Donna Gerads of St. Cloud, Judy (Jim) Melroy of Wichita, Kansas, and Peter (Jodi) Gerads of Freeport.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis and the Christian Mothers Society. Dorothy loved gardening, baking and embroidering dishtowels.
Survivors include her six children, 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and siblings Donald (Jan) Skudlarek and Delphine Hoeschen.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Gerads, Nov. 30, 1998; parents; brothers and in-laws Ervin and Marion Skudlarek, Edward and Lucy Skudlarek and Roger Hoeschen; and two grandchildren.
Serving as casket bearers were Charlie, Scott, Christopher, Adam and Nick Gerads and Steven Jesh. Cross bearer was Dan Gerads, and scripture bearer was Rhonda Gerads.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.