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Gerald C. Grebasch Obituary


MAXWELL - Gerald "Jerry" Grebasch, 70, of Maxwell, died peacefully at home Thursday, October 19, 2006.

Jerry was born March 31, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Charles and Helen (Marsalek) Grebasch. After graduating from Lake Geneva High School in Lake Geneva, WI, Jerry earned a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University in 1959. On September 12, 1959 he married fellow Michigan State graduate, Diana Madar, in Detroit, MI. Following two and a half years of service in the U.S. Army, Jerry joined the then-Iowa Conservation Commission (now DNR) in 1962. For 37 of his 40 years with the DNR he managed the State Forest Nursery in Ames. He retired in 2002. Jerry loved spending time with his family. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of Ames High School sports. For over 20 years he ran the scoreboard at Ames High football games. Jerry was an active member of St. Mary's-Holy Cross Catholic Church in Elkhart. He enjoyed Civil War history, bee-keeping, baking bread, trains, and the Green Bay Packers. He will be remembered for his ready sense of humor, his love for his family, and his devotion to God.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Diana, of Maxwell, IA; 4 sons: Matthew Grebasch of Evansville, IN, David and his wife Susan Grebasch of Ankeny, IA, Nathan and his wife, Gretchen Grebasch of Maxwell, IA, and Thaddeus Grebasch of Maxwell, IA; 4 daughters: Virginia Grebasch of Annapolis, MD, Laura Grebasch of Sioux City, IA, Ellen and her husband Jay Moore of Arlington, VA, and Abigail Grebasch of Annapolis, MD; and 3 grandchildren: Kira, Emily and Jonas.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Rev. Richard Grebasch.

Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elkhart. A brief Christian Vigil Service will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 26th, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elkhart. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, south of Maxwell.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203, or the Thomas More Society, 29 South LaSalle Street, Suite 440, Chicago, IL 60603.

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