The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 11, 2013

Kenneth Raymond Gertjejansen

By Pat Christman
Associated Press

AMBOY —  Kenneth Raymond Gertjejansen humbly submits this resume for the position of Angel First Class With Wings...

Born:     May 12, 1924

Vesta, Redwood County, MN

Died:  December 9, 2013 Mankato, Blue Earth County, MN

Parents: Fred and Ida (Graf) Gertjejansen

Education:  Elementary School, Vesta, MN; High School, Redwood Falls, MN; State Teachers College Mankato, MN; McPhail School of Music, Minneapolis, MN; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Organist:  St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vesta MN; St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Mankato; Ebenezer Methodist Church, Minneapolis; People's Highland Park Congregational Church, St. Paul; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church West St. Paul; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato

Educator:  Elementary vocal     and instrumental music in the Mankato Public Schools for thirty years.  Directed the East and West High School orchestras.  Off campus instructor for Mankato State College.

Community:  Associated with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra as a playing member, performing on organ, harpsichord, harmonium and viola; and as a member of the Board of Directors.  Made Board Member Emeritus. Served as archivist of     the Orchestra

Memberships: American Guild of Organists and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra

Survivors:  Three surrogate grand children: Lucas, Lexi and Carter Weihe, three nephews, two first cousins who live in AZ and CA, and cousin Wendy Gertjejanssen and her family of Minneapolis, MN

Preceded by:    Parents, brother, sister, half-sister a niece and surrogate son, Doug Weihe

Visitation will be held on Thursday December 12th from 6pm-8pm at Woodland Hills.  A Memorial Service celebrating his Wonderful Life will be at 11am on December 13th with a visitation at 10am at Woodland Hills.  

Request memorials to the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.