The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 12, 2013



    Jerry Paul Mariska, age 64 of Waseca, died on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato.

    Born on February 17, 1949 in Faribault, Minnesota he was the son of Norbert and Rosie (Stangler) Mariska.  Jerry graduated from Waterville-Elysian High School in 1967 and later attended Winona State University and Mankato State University.  Jerry worked in the blacktopping business for thirty years.  The majority of those years he owned and operated M & W Blacktopping with his brother.  On January 22, 1981 he married Maureen Beaver in Las Vegas, Nevada.  In 2002 he began operating a tree growing business and continued this business until his death.  Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time in the outdoors and working with his trees.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Waterville Sportsmans Club, and served on the board of directors of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation.  

    Jerry is survived by his wife, Maureen of Waseca; one daughter, Leona (Lenny) Dohmen of Dennison; mother, Rosie Mariska of Morristown; siblings, Judy (Larry) Hagen of Waseca, Sue Cutts (Dave Schwirtz) of Waterville, Tom (Pat) Mariska of Waterville, Kathie (Dean) Strehlau of Stillwater, Connie Hiller (Tim Hardwig) of Bemidji. He is also survived by brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Kevin (Sue) Beaver and Bevan Beaver all of Perth, Australia.  He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert Mariska, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and Pearl Beaver, and brother-in-law, Howard Stuempert.

    Visitation will be held at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waterville on Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 4-7 PM and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

    Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:30AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville with Rev. Michael Ince officiating.  A private family interment service will be held at a later date.