Gerry Leenerts, 72, of Clarkfield died Thursday, October 13, 2016 at St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday October 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Montevideo. Interment will be in the Clarkfield Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield and at the church for one hour before the services on Thursday.
Geraldine “Gerry” Maurine (Coubal) Leenerts was born November 3, 1943 at Redwood Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Ernestine (Daun) Coubal. She was baptized at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. She moved with her family to Hazel Run in 1952. She was confirmed at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Granite Falls. She graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1961.
In 1962 she meet the love of her life, Kenneth Leenerts. They were married September 15, 1962. They were blessed with six children. Gerry was a loving mom. She did so much for her children. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years and during that time was a “babysitter” for many kids. She would sew for her children, serve as a girl scout leader and room mother and she was active in church, serving on the board at St. Isidore. Gerry’s first job was a waitress at Stamson Café in Montevideo and also in Clarkfield at the local restaurant, the mushroom plant, and also at the bakery.
Her favorite job was as a cook at school. She loved seeing the kids everyday. Gerry made sure to acknowledge if the student had a new haircut or new clothes. On her 60th birthday, the students each brought her a rose so she received 60 roses. Gerry had her first heart attack in 2004 and then retired in 2005. In 1993 Gerry was so excited to become a grandma for the first time. She had eight grandchildren who were her life. Like her children, she followed her grandchildren’s activities and she enjoyed all their activities, sporting events and more. She was so proud of each of them.
Gerry is survived by her husband Kenny of 54 years; children: Kathy Leenerts of Montevideo, Dean (Linda) Leenerts of Redwood Falls, Jim (Susan) Leenerts of Bowlus, Kari (Dan) Feuerhelm of Kranzburg, SD and Karla (Chad) Fischer of Clarkfield; 8 grandchildren: Becca (Tyler) Maxwell, Haley (special friend Cal) Fischer, Zachary (special friend Becca) Fischer, Chase Feuerhelm, Brandon Leenerts, Taylor Leenerts, Cole Fischer, and Allen Leenerts; siblings: Barbara (Harold) Larson of Clarkfield, Mary Jo Haugerud of Montevideo, Bonnie (Mike) McCarthy of Stacy, Debbie (Dave) Hedin of Maynard, and Joey (Elaine) Coubal of Clarkfield; sister-in-law: Betty Ostenson of Montevideo; stepmother, Dorothy Coubal of Graceville; godchildren: Cindy, Derek, and Alisha; and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Joe and Ernie; infant son, Joseph Leroy; in-laws: George and Ethel; infant sister, Cynthia; brothers: Louie and Michael; brothers-in-law: Glen Haugerud, Bob Leenerts, Dale Leenerts, and Warren Ostenson; sister-in-law, Donna Coubal; and great-niece, Eden Hedin.