Frank W. GerardFrank W. Gerard, 89 of Duluth, died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet with his loving family by his side.
Frank W. Gerard, 89 of Duluth, died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet with his loving family by his side.
He was born July 16, 1924 to Frank A. and Margaret (Maher) Gerard in Duluth.
Upon his 1943 graduation from the Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchants Marines. Frank completed training as a radio operator, and was commissioned as an Ensign. He served aboard the Liberty ship Joe C.S. Blackburn serving in the Pacific for the duration of World War II. His ship survived a Kamikaze attack and a typhoon that sent larger ships to the bottom.
He married Norma Anderson Oct. 30, 1948 in Duluth. Frank worked as a manager in lumber and hardware sales for 46 years. He served as Justice of the Peace of Brevator Township. Frank was a very committed Blood Donor for over 60 years. He was a passionate golfer scoring a hole-in-one on two occasions. He loved to travel and visited many countries in addition to his own. He joined Pastors for Peace and traveled with a convoy to deliver supplies into Mexico and Central America. Frank was a devout catholic, spent his last 25 years as a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Malvick; grandson, Benjamin Gerard; sister, Amy Gerard; brother, Jack “John” Gerard; nephew, Russell Anderson; father- and mother-in-law, Norman and Mabel Anderson; and brother-in-law, F. Thomas McCarthy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Norma; children, Thomas (Patti) Gerard of Cloquet, James (Ruth) Gerard of Elk River, Kathleen St John of Baltimore, MD, Suzanne (Steven) Twaddle of Virginia, William (June) Gerard of Esko, Frank (Mary) Gerard of Duluth, Julie (Thomas) Wiezcorek of Duluth, Jacqueline Maldonado of Minneapolis and Michele Golen of Cloquet; son-in-law, Rodney Malvick of Alborn; sister, Eileen McCarthy of Potomac, MD; sister-in-law, Marquerite Gerard of Torrance, Calif.; brother-in-law, Russell Anderson of Duluth; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Inter-Faith Care Center and Diamond Willow for their loving and compassionate care.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Aug. 17, in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Road, Pike Lake with Rev. Joseph Sobolik officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Union Gospel Mission or Essentia Hospice Care. Interment will be at Oneota Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
Comments posted on this page do not reflect opinions of Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion, advice given or made. All replies are subject to approval and must follow Forum Communications Company guidelines concerning statements of libel, personal attacks or defamation of character. Replies in the "Talk About It" section that criticize a person by name may not be posted, unless that person is openly involved in a public issue. Comments written in all capital letters or bold print will not be considered for inclusion in the forum.