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In Memory of Jerome "Jerry" Mealey

Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday March 29, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Funeral Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday March 30, 2021
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Lake St Croix Beach
MN, 55043

Jerome “Jerry” Louis Mealey, age 91, of Afton, MN, died on March 22, 2021 at his home in Bayport, MN, of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born on June 4, 1929 in St. Paul, MN to Raymond and Margaret (Paul) Mealey. After attending school in St. Paul, he enlisted in the United States Army/Air Force and honorably served from 1947-1950, earning the rank of Corporal. Following his discharge from the service, he met Lucille Brandt, and the two were united in marriage on September 26, 1953.

Jerry worked for many years at the Windmill Marina in Afton, serving as their boat mechanic, dock repairman, groundskeeper, handyman, and overall “jack of all trades.” He retired in 1991. His knack and skill for construction and building afforded him the opportunity to build their family home, “The Mealey Manor,” crafting each cabinet and many pieces of furniture in their home. He was a self-trained auto and small engine mechanic, and could fix or repair anything.

Jerry was devoted to his faith, and was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi parish in Lake St. Croix Beach for 66 years.  He volunteered countless hours for the parish, building the fires for Holy Easter, and constructing podiums for the classrooms and plant stands for the altar.  He was the unofficial “greeter” each Sunday at 10:30 mass, shaking hands with each person entering through Berg Hall.  He was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, a 3rd Degree Knight, and was nominated Knight of Year for 2018-2019.  Every year he could be seen handing out Tootsie Rolls after mass for the annual KC fundraising drive.

He cherished time spent on the lake fishing, traveling with his family, and playing 500, poker, cribbage and backgammon. He also had a love for the dance floor, and was never too tired to dance with Lucille, or with his daughters when they were growing up.

He is survived by his wife of 67 ½ years, Lucille; children: Linda (Paul) Mealey-Lohmann, Greg Mealey, Sue (Brad) Lee, Barb (Joe) Rosell, Mary (Joe) Cincoski, Kathy Mealey, and Michelle (Sean) Sego; 14 grandchildren: Elise, Jenn, Michael, Sarah, James, Jalil, Nichol, Jon, Craig, Aaron, Jessica, Patrick, Benen, and Kyra; and 9 great-grandchildren: Austin, Logan, Patience, Isaac, Wyatt, Emmitt, Walt, Alistair, and Luke.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Margaret; his brother, Raymond Jr.; sisters, June and Gloria; and granddaughter, Mandy.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Monday, March 29, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13th St., Lake St. Croix Beach, MN, with a visitation held one hour prior to the Mass at church. Military Honors will follow the Mass in the church parking lot, followed by a vehicle procession from the church through the town of Afton and then to the cemetery in Bayport.  Those wishing to pay their respects are welcome to view the procession in downtown Afton around noon.  Interment at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Bayport, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or Sharing & Caring Hands in St. Paul, MN (www.sharingandcaringhands.org/donate). Jerry’s service will be livestreamed. Please click here to view the service. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

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    • Linda and Sue and all of your families – I just read your dad’s obituary in the Gazette. It is forwarded late to our winter home. I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry sounds like he was quite the man. Another Dad to be missed.
      Peace to you and yours.

    • I didn’t know Jerry but if his daughter Linda is any reflection I have nothing but respect for gentleman who, with Lucille, managed to raise such an amazing family.

      William Zajicek; President of the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society.

    • Dear Linda, and all of Jerry’s Family, I am sending my deepest condolences on your loss. I only met him a few times, but I could tell right away that he was a first rate human being, a man of caring and integrity. I’m sending peace and love to all of you.

    • We are sorry to be in AZ yet and to miss Jerry’s funeral. We expect it will be a sharing of a full life with lots of stories. Like using his girlie chainsaw to cut down trees. He was at least a 75 year resident on Strawberry Hill Road in Afton. His house was just below the hill. We always remarked that Jerry was the riches man on the hill. Not monetarily, but with family and an unbelievable positive attitude about life and belief in God. He was one of a kind. One of the greatest generation.
      Rest In Peace,
      Jack and Ann

    • I’ve told this story often. It proves just how great of a cribbage player Jerry is. Jerry was dealing, I was mighty proud at this moment, I was 8 points of winning the first cribbage game against Jerry. I never won cribbage against Jerry. Jerry was a master at this game. Jerry was way back there on 4th Street, just rounded 3rd Street. I needed just 8 points to go out, I had the air of confidence, I was finally going to beat Jerry, the master. Jerry deals, I cut the cards and a 5 turned up. I picked up a run of three and two 15s for 4 for a 7 count. I needed pegging points to get enough to win the game. No worry, Jerry was way back there at the other end, I had this game well in hand. As we are laying the cards down, I could see I was in trouble. I started the hand with a 7 hoping to get Jerry to bite on an easy 15 and I could drop my 6 for a run of three. Jerry drops his Jack. Same Jack suit as that 5 that turned up. He had nobs and a 15 for 2 in his hand. I drop the 9 next to bring it to 26, Jerry drops his first 5 for 31 and a go. Trouble was on the horizon for me. Jerry’s hand count is now 7. Next round, I lead the 6, Jerry follows with his second 5, I lay my final card the 10, Jerry lays his final 5. I ended up in that final hole on the cribbage board, 1 point away from winning. Yes, the stink hole. Jerry didn’t even need to use his crib to teach me the finer art of playing cribbage. A natural 29 hand. All the years of playing, I never saw a natural 29 hand, but Jerry did. Jerry, I miss those days. Thank you.

    • It is impossible to say just a few words about Jerry. He was a trusted friend, mentor, and very much a part of our family. I still carry many of his infamous “Jerry-isms” including every alternative to swearing ever thought of. And, we still say “if it don’t fit, make it,” which was his mantra for a whole variety of issues at Windmill. He earned the love and respect of the many customers and coworkers who had the pleasure to work with him. My heart goes out to his family and friends who will miss him terribly. Thanks for everything Jerry!