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Gerald LeRoy Ziebarth of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7th, 2024 at the St. Cloud Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s at the age of 85.
Jerry was born on July 9th, 1938 to Frank and Alice Ziebarth at Governor Cloughs House across the road from his parents’ home in Spencer Brook, MN. He attended Spencer Brook School for one year, and graduated from Princeton High school, MN in 1957.
In 1959, Jerry joined the U.S. Army active duty for 6 months and was in the Army reserves for 6 years. On May 29th, 1970 he married Joyce Mrozek at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN, and were married for 53 years. They lived in Anoka for two years, then bought a home in Cambridge, MN where they have resided for 51 years and had four lovely children.
Jerry was involved in many activities. He worked commercially in the Twin Cities for Bricklayers Local #1 with Chuck Herman and Ed Cedergren. He started Ziebarth Construction, which included masonry skills such as laying brick/block, chimneys, fireplaces, etc. He sold and delivered supplies for Amcon Block Inc. of St. Cloud, MN for over 10 years out of our residence. He was a perfectionist in his masonry work and was sought after by many in the area even after retirement. Jerry was also very active at Christ the King Church with volunteering his time doing cement work at the church and at the cemetery. He sang in the choir, was a cantor, and song leader for over 25 years. He loved music playing piano and accordion. Country and Old time music was his favorite. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Christ the King church and also a member of the American Legion in Cambridge. He was a Cub Scout leader for 3 years and was very active with his children and grandchildren in sports and other activities. Jerry drove school bus for the Cambridge/Isanti school district for 12 years. He loved kids and had a special connection with special needs.
He loved to play card games, cribbage, bingo, golf, and also liked the casino occasionally. For 18 years he created lots of memories at our lake home on Lake Beauty in Long Prairie, MN.
His big passion was classic cars and owned a few himself. Joyce loved being picked up in the Twin cities in the 1957 Ford retractable car he owned.
Gerald was preceded in death by his father Frank Ziebarth, his mother Alice (Peterson) Ziebarth, his sisters, Annabelle (Vernon) Akers, and Dory (Eldon) Akers, brothers Bernard Ziebarth, Francis (Patricia) Ziebarth, Sisters Joyce (Charles) Mattson, Joan Ziebarth, Brother Dennis (Judy) Ziebarth.
Jerry is survived by wife, Joyce Ziebarth, daughter Jeneile Meier (Caity-(Michael and Cassidy) Jayden, Bella) Son Jesse (DeAnne) Ziebarth (Haley, Layne, Harrison and Madelyn), son Jason Ziebarth (Willow), son Jarad (Lisa) Ziebarth (Jacob, Jonathan, Jay, Jackson), sister-in-law Irene Ziebarth, brother Donald (Judy) Ziebarth, Sister Mary Mattson, Brother Wellington (Diane) Ziebarth, brother Larry Ziebarth
Jerry will forever be remembered as a devoted, hardworking family man with a compassionate and kind heart. His presence in our lives will be deeply missed, but his memory will live forever in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.
Mass of Christian Burial 1PM, Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Cambridge. Visitation 4-7PM, Friday, January 26, 2024 AT THE CHURCH and one hour prior to the service. Interment in the parish cemetery in the Spring.