Wald, Gerald Francis 83

Wald, Gerald Francis
age 83, of Cokato passed away on August 24, 2019. Gerald was born September 1, 1935 in Grand Forks, ND to Joseph and Christine (Klein) Wald. At the age of 6, he attended the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault, MN where he lived until he graduated in 1955. It was here that he learned the upholstery trade. He enjoyed working on the farm when he would come home to Crookston. Gerald was united in marriage to Janet Fletcher on September 27, 1958 at St. Lawrence Church in Faribault. This union was blessed with 5 children and in 1970 they moved their family from Bismarck, ND to Cokato, MN. Gerald worked at Lundeen Furniture until starting his own business, Wald Upholstery, in 1984 and semi retired from the business at the age of 65.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, history, watching sports on television, and spending time with his family. Gerald and Janet also took bus tours around the United States and were active in the deaf community.
Survived by his wife, Janet, children, Cathy (Randy) Latour, Sharon Wald, Jean Wald, Mary (Mark) Erickson, and Joe (Mary) Wald, 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brother, Leo (Diane) Wald, and sister, JoAnne (Larry) Ranum.
Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Christine Wald.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 30, 2019 with visitation from 10-10:45 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and Howard Lake, MN 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com