Jerome A. Lodermeier, 90
June 21, 1927-Nov. 4, 2017
Jerome A. Lodermeier, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully Nov. 4, 2017 surrounded by family. A lifelong farmer, father of 10 and man of faith, Jerome was devoted to Rosemary, his wife of 67 years. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph.
Born at home in rural St Wendel township June 21, 1927 to Albert and Agnes (Maurer) Lodermeier on the homestead founded by his immigrant ancestors, Jerome grew up speaking German and working the land along with his siblings: Lorraine, Rita, Mary and the late Raymond.
Known as Jerry to friends and Dad or Grandpa to family, Lodermeier married Rosemary Legatt on June 8, 1950 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rice. They established a dairy farm in St. Joseph that year and raised 10 children together. The couple has 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren living across Minnesota and the United States.
Lodermeier was a talented farmer who dedicated time to his cattle, his crops and his machinery. He loved to watch the sunrise, feed birds and play with his grandchildren on the family farm. He was also well-known for his meticulous and colorful restoration of antique tractors. For many years he was a union worker at DCI and served as a supervisor on the St. Wendel Township Board. Jerome and Rosemary met at a dance in the 1940s and loved to bowl and dance together; in recent years they played lively games of cards or solved elaborate jigsaw puzzles with visiting friends and family.
Survivors include the following: his loving wife Rosemary; nine children: Thomas (Cindy) of Rosemont, Carol Schultz (Erhardt “Tuffy”) of Apple Valley, Roger (Doris) of Sartell, Duane (Diane) of St Cloud, Joanne Theisen (Mike) of Hillman, Thomas (Cindy) of Rosemont; Carol Schultz (Erhardt “Tuffy”) of Apple Valley; Roger (Doris) of Sartell; Duane (Diane) of St Cloud; Joanne Theisen (Mike) of Hillman; David and girlfriend Claudia of St Joseph; Theresa Farone (Michael) of Dundas; Jerry of Apple Valley; and Jeffrey of Monterrey, Mexico. David and girlfriend Claudia of St Joseph, Theresa Farone (Michael) of Dundas, Jerry of Apple Valley and Jeffrey of Monterrey, Mexico; 14 grandchildren: Amy Wood (Jeremy), Ryan Lodermeier (Mandy), Jennifer Aronson (Ethan), Jessica Saur (Noel), Justin Schultz (Angela), Nathan Lodermeier, Dana Hall (Chris), Nick Lodermeier (Katie), Blaise Lodermeier (Stacie), Billy Lodermeier (Bailey), Conrad Theisen (Stacy), Natasha Olien (Steve), Kyle Barck and Sierra Barck; 17 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Lorraine Landwehr, Rita Palmersheim (Maurice) and Mary Fink (Anthony); Rosemary’s siblings: Virginia Fiedler (Norbert), Harold Legatt (Annette), Marlene Lodermeier, Tom Legatt (Mary) and Richard Legatt; plus dozens of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; younger brother Ray; brother-in-law, Ralph Landwehr; and his beloved son, Michael, who died in 2016.
Jerome was a Knights of Columbus member and parishioner of the St Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph from his baptism in 1927 to his Mass of Christian Burial Nov. 8, 2017.
Author: Janelle Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.