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Gerald Joseph Beranek

NEW ULM (formerly St. George) — Gerald Joseph Beranek, age 71 of New Ulm (formerly St. George) died peacefully on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Monday, August 2, 2021, at St. George Catholic Church in St. George. Burial will follow in the St. George Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12-4 pm on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-North Chapel in New Ulm. The visitation will continue from 10-11 am on Monday at St. George Catholic Church in St. George.

To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Gerald is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cynthia “Cindy” Beranek of New Ulm; his daughters, Missy (Dustin) Puhrmann of Paullina, Iowa, Kari (Jason) Steele of New Ulm, Karen (Eric) Barsness of Volga, South Dakota, Roxann (Josh) Klein of Gaylord; his sons, Chris (Amanda) Beranek of Gibbon, Perry (Jessie) Beranek of St. George, Gary (Kara) Beranek of New Ulm, Geoff (Lynn) Beranek of Gaylord; his 16 grandchildren, Jillian, Auggie, Ben, Katelyn, Joe, Connor, Hannah, Kennedy, Ethan, Caleb, Isaac, Brody, Alaina, Whitney, Lyla, and Grayson; his father-in-law, Marvin Newman of Willmar; his sisters, Esther Schwab of New Ulm, Virginia Herring of New Ulm; Grace (Steve) Rubischko of Gibbon, Chubby (Jerry) Carlson of New Ulm; his brother, Wallace (Donna) Beranek of Gibbon; his sisters-in-law, Cam (Mark) Sturm of St. James, Christie Newman of Minneapolis, Noreen Beranek of Gibbon; his brothers-in-law, Rod (Brenda) Newman of Bloomington, Rick (Mari) Newman of Waconia; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law, Dorinne Newman; his brothers, Andrew and Benedict Beranek Jr; his sister-in-law, Roxann Newman; brothers-in-law, Francis Schwab, Larry Herring; his niece, Sara Newman; and his nephews, John Beranek, Nathan Sturm, and Gerald Schwab.

Gerald Joseph Beranek was born October 5, 1949, in New Ulm to Benedict and Valeria (Brey) Beranek. He went to country grade school in St. George, and later attended Cathedral High School. Gerald was united in marriage to Cynthia Newman on September 4, 1977, in Comfrey, Minnesota. This union blessed the couple with four daughters and four sons whom together they raised on their farm in rural St. George. Gerald worked his entire life as a dedicated farmer, a tradition he passed down to his next generation. Besides his work on the farm, Gerald enjoyed a good game of cards with friends and family and especially loved playing Sheepshead with his card club. As a man proud of the green and yellow, Gerald also enjoyed collecting John Deere toy tractors. Even though he retired from farming, you can take the farmer off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the farmer. Gerald was always there for his farm neighbors anytime they were in need. He still enjoyed going for country drives just to check the crops and relax. He was a devout and dedicated member of St. George Catholic Church where he served on the Cemetery Board for many years. The three most important things in Gerald’s life were his faith, his farm, and his family. He cherished every moment he got to spend with his wife, his children, and grandchildren. He was always ready with candy or a treat to spoil his grandkids. Gerald lived a strong 71 years in his life and helped raise an amazing family. He will be dearly missed by many, but his memory will stay in their hearts forever. Blessed be his memory.

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