July 23, 2023
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Ethan J. Gerads, 16, of Albany, passed away July 21, 2023, from injuries sustained in a car accident near Freeport. A Ma day, July 26, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating and the Rev. Edward Vebelun, O.S.B., concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was July 25 and 10-10:45 a.m. July 26 at the Seven Dolors gathering area in Albany. Ethan Jerome Gerads was born April 17, 2007, in Albany to Jeff and Melissa (Sand) Gerads. He was an active member of Seven Dolors parish. He attended Holy Family (K-5) and Albany Area Schools and would have been a junior this fall. Ethan enjoyed hunting, fishing, hanging with his friends and was a member of the high school trap team. He looked forward to being a farmer in the future and worked at Gill Family Dairy and G&C Cattle/Gary and Christina Geise Farm. He was hard working, reliable and took pride in everything he did. He will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his parents, Jeff and Melissa Gerads of Albany; sister Emma Gerads of Avon; brother Owen Gerads at home; grandparents Joann Gerads of Freeport and Marvin and Marian Sand of Albany; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and his dog, Bella. Ethan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerome Gerads. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.