Jerome Paul ‘Jerry’ Goergen, 88

Published 10:40 am Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jerome Paul ‘Jerry’ Goergen, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at his home.

Jerome Goergen

Jerome was born on July 1, 1929, in Stacyville, Iowa, to Isidore and Mary (Schwartz) Goergen. He attended Johnsburg Grade School and Adams High School. Jerome (Jerry) served honorably in the Korean War from May 19, 1953, to April 20, 1955. On June 26, 1957, Jerry married Mary Ann Lord of Caledonia, Minnesota. They made their home in Austin their entire married life, and in June 2017, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. It was a quiet celebration with family, as Jerry was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome in 2007 and for the past year he silently suffered with leukemia. Jerry was a loving husband, father, and friend to many, and was always willing to help others with his many talents when he could. He was a faithful member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of American Legion Post 91, and a member of the Eagles Aerie 703 for many years.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Austin; his five children and their spouses, sons Marv Goergen (special friend Teresa) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, and Mike (Lori) Goergen of Plymouth, Minnesota; daughters, Jean (Ron) Johnson of Otsego, Minnesota, Joan (Dean) Scott of Brownsdale, Minnesota, and Julie (Tom) Harber of Rogers, Minnesota; grandchildren, Amy (Ty) Lilja, Sarah Goergen of Washington, Christopher Goergen of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Katie (Mike) McStott of Otsego, Minnesota, Tony (Steph), also of Otsego, Minnesota, Todd Johnson of Denver, Colorado, Brittany (Mark) Wagner of Austin, Blake Woelfel of Minneapolis, Gunner Scott of Brownsdale, Minnesota, Jake Latzka of Minneapolis, Cole Goergen, Sam Goergen, Jack Goergen, Elle Goergen, Isabella Goergen, and Charlie Goergen, all of Plymouth, Samantha Harber and Dylan Harber, both of Rogers; two sisters, Dorothy Cummings of Austin, Gladys (Jim) Hemann of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and his sister-in-law, Louise Goergen of Adams, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenny and Marvin Goergen; a grandson, Patrick Goerge; and brother-in-law, Tom Cummings.

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A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7  p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at Worlein Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Knights of Columbus Rosary will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

Memorials can be directed to St. Augustine Catholic Church or recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at