Jerome Wesely, 85, Austin

Published 9:43 am Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jerome (Jerry) A. Wesely, 85, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.


Jerry was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Steele County to Frank and Mary (Simeck) Wesely. Jerry attended and graduated from Owatonna High School. On May 9, 1946, he was united in marrage to Mary Jane Wavrin at Sacred Heart Church in Owatonna. Jerry and Jane had four children. Jerry worked for Northwestern Bell for 38 years in various towns in southeastern Minnesota. On Sept. 4, 2003, Jerry was united in marriage to Georgia (Dolly) Thiele. They resided in Austin.

Jerry enjoyed fishing, dancing, reading, crossword puzzles and gardening. After Jerry retired he opened a bicycle shop call “The Red Barn.”

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Survivors include his wife, Dolly; two sons: Charles (Eunice) and Allan (Nancy) of Austin; two daughters: Patricia (Kenneth) Thiele of North Mankato and Elaine Wesely of Albert Lea; stepsons: Jerome (Chris) Thiele of Medesto, Calif., and Gaylon (Ann) Thiele of Victoria; sisters: Genevieve Keller, Dorothy Schoenert and Mary (David) Kruger; brother, Larry (Bev) Wesely, Lowell and Marie Wavrin; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and his loving pet, Toby.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary Jane in 2002; brothers: Richard and Donald; stepdaughter, Yvonne (Thiele) Bell.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Austin. There will be a 6:30 p.m. prayer service today at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. An honor guard will be provided by the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, No. 1201 of Austin. Interment will be Calvary Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or donor’s choice.