Paul J. Gerleman

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 7:16 pm

Paul J. Gerleman, 84, of Decorah, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, the Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in  Calmar, with Rev. Robert Gross and Rev. Donald Hawes officiating. Lector was Phyllis Prybelski. Organist was Annette Walter. St. Al’s Choir sang “Be Not Afraid,” “Amazing Grace,” “Peace is Flowing Like a River,” “On Eagles Wings” and “How Great Thou Art.” Mass servers were Jason Herold, Marcus Herold and Benjamin Hageman. Offertory gift bearers were Linda Sneed, Laura Walbeck, McKenzie Parker and Larry Vrba. Eucharistic ministers were Betty Pell, Ann Herold and Clarence Kriener. Casket bearers were Brian Martin, Garrett Gerleman, Adam Gerleman, Grant Gerleman, Brandon Gerleman and Reece Gerleman. Interment was at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Calmar. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, French Chapel, Calmar.

Paul Joseph Gerleman was born Oct. 3, 1932, on the family farm near Calmar, to Edmund and Cecilia (Kuennen) Gerleman. He attended St. Aloysius Catholic Schools and South Winneshiek High School in Calmar.  Paul was united in marriage to Rita Kriener Aug. 25, 1953, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, and to this marriage seven children were born. Together they farmed until his retirement in 1997. Paul was a member of The Knights of Columbus and served 15 years on the South Winneshiek School Board. He enjoyed playing cards, family dinners and most of all his family. Paul loved football, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and The Green Bay Packers.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Rita; seven children: Floyd, Des Moines; Duane (Viola) Gerleman, Ridgeway; Kevin (Sharon) Gerleman, Ridgeway; Karen (Duane) Martin, Fayette; Loren (Stephanie) Gerleman; Winterset; Susan (Dean) Vrba, Ft. Atkinson; and Bruce, Calmar; 12 grandchildren: Brian (Jamie) Martin; Linda (Kyle) Sneed; Laura (Jim) Walbeck; Garrett (Sarah) Gerleman; Adam Gerleman; Grant Gerleman; Reece Gerleman; Brandon Gerleman; McKenzie (Jon) Parker; Nicholas Gerleman; Samantha Gerleman and Larry Vrba;  11 great-grandchildren: Nevaeh, Brice, Brent, Anthony, Kaydence and Waylon Martin; Khloe Sneed; Michael and Edmund Walbeck; Jack and Harvey Gerleman; six sisters: Marie (Ronald) Kreitzer, Cresco; Edna Franke, New Hampton; Margaret (Robert) Koenigsfeld, New Hampton; Mardell (Lawrence) Corcoran, Ettrick, Wis.; Betty (John) Pell, Urbandale and Phyllis (Ronald) Prybelski, Austin, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law:  Agnes Soukup, Ridgeway; Jack and Ann Herold, Fort Atkinson; Clarence Kriener, Lawler; Urban and Patricia Kriener, Waucoma; Leona Kriener, Cresco; Connie Kriener, Waucoma and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Cecilia (Kuennen) Gerleman; father and mother-in-law, Christopher and Cecilia (Kruse) Kriener, brothers- and sisters-in-law: Robert Franke, Patrick Weigel, Luke Kriener, Vern and Irene Schmitt, Clarence Soukup, Geniece Kriener and Marvin Kriener; nieces: Julie Kreitzer, Sara Franke, Jane Smith and Amy Herold; nephews: Stephen Weigel, Bruce Kriener, Ivan Kriener and James Schmitt.

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