Jerome Suchanek, 86, Red Wing
Jerome William “Jerry” Suchanek, 86, of Red Wing, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at Deer Crest, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Owatonna on Oct. 26, 1933, to William and Helen (Granowski) Suchanek. He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force from February of 1952 until February of 1956, and then the Air Force Reserves until January of 1960. He served at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas.
He worked at Josten’s in Owatonna, where he met his wife, Janice Case. The two were married on Jan. 24, 1959. They moved to Red Wing in 1964 when Josten’s opened a diploma manufacturing plant there. He retired in 1994 after working at Josten’s for over 37 years. Upon retiring, Jerry helped his daughter, Michelle, with her business, Under the Rainbow Early Education Center. There he helped with maintenance, lawn care, and the construction of a new center. He was known by the children there as “Grandpa Jerry.”
He was a member of the Church of St. Joseph. He was a former member of the Red Wing Lions Club and the American Legion. His favorite activities were bowling, fishing, gardening, boating, golf, and woodworking. His family has great memories snowmobiling, ice fishing, and ice skating in the winter, and boating and fishing in the summer with him. They especially recall the weekends boating at Russ and Betty’s cabin.
He is survived by the love of his life of 60 years, Janice; two sons, Gregory Suchanek of St. Louis Park and Douglas (Laurie) Suchanek of Farmington; two daughters, Debbie (John) Sahli of Rochester and Michelle (Scott) Finholdt of Red Wing; seven grandchildren, Brett (Brittany Jahnz) Flicek, Nicole (Blaine) Huntsman, Nick Sahli, Hannah (fiancée, Colton Carter) Sahli, and Myles Sahli, and Ashlie and Marcus Finholdt; three great-grandchildren, Jaxson Flicek, and Asher and Brecken Huntsman; three siblings, Frank (JoAnn) Suchanek of Blooming Prairie, Joan (Richard) Vaith of Owatonna, and Danny (Leona) Suchanek of Blooming Prairie and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mass of Resurrection was on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Church of St. Joseph with Father James Notebaart presiding. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association, Deer Crest or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.