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Obituary for Jerome Anthony Kelzer
Jul 26, 2011 | 1347 views | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jerome Kelzer, 87, of Chaska, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, July 29, 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. Second St. Visitation is Thursday, July 28 from 4-8 p.m., with prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. Third St., and also one hour prior to the service at church. Father Al Backmann is the Celebrant. Casket bearers are Wade Neutgens, Trent Neutgens, Ryan Slipka, Chad Slipka, David Sorrentino and Jim Ohnsorg. Interment is at the church cemetery.

Jerome was born June 6, 1924 in Waconia, to Joseph and Martha (Schmieg) Kelzer. He was one of five children. Jerome was baptized and confirmed at St Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia and graduated from Waconia High School in 1942. On Feb. 7, 1945, Jerome married Pearl Harmsen at Guardian Angels Catholic Church. They had two daughters.

Jerome was a member of Guardian Angels for 61 years. He was a dairy farmer for many years. He was an avid fisherman where he and Pearl enjoyed their summers together at the cabin in Annandale and their winters in Arizona. His pride and joy was his wife, daughters and their husbands, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl; daughters, Judy (Larry) Neutgens of Chaska and their children, Wade (Carmen) and Trent (Christine), Connie (Don) Slipka of Plymouth and their children, Ryan (Maya), Chad (Denise) and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his brothers, Stanley, Edward, Ralph and Roger Kelzer.

Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.
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