Sexton, Gerald Francis "Jerry" Age 89 of South St. Paul, went to be with our Lord on March 21, 2020 due to complications of Alzheimer's. The disease stole his mind, but could not touch his heart. Jerry was born on October 4, 1930 in St. Paul to Ted and Marie Sexton. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Billy and John. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Marilyn; children Tom (Flower), Sue Gemoets (Ted Lewis), Bill (Laura), Sheila (Steve) Stai, Steve (Clare), Tim (Lou Anne), Colleen (Tim) Pladson, John (Colleen). Jerry is also survived by his brothers Tom, Jim and Mike. He is the grandfather of 17 grandchildren: Ezra, Eli, Mark, Chris, Jen, Lee, Adam, Jessica, Timothy, Brianna, Julia, Conor, Shea, Max, Madelyn, Alexa and Jake; 13 great-grandchildren - Martin, Carmen, Mariana, Mercedes, Santiago, Elizabeth, Ezekial, Matthias, Josiah, Arielle, Cassidy, Althea and Magnolia. Jerry grew up in West St. Paul on the Wolters' farm where he worked during his formative years. He is a proud graduate of St. Matthew's Grade School and Cretin High School. He married Marilyn in 1950 and spent his early career at Sun Newspapers. At age 37, he went into the printing business with his brother Tom and father Ted. Sexton Printing lasted for three generations and was sold in June, 2018. Jerry was a true humanitarian and community leader who lived a life of deep faith, integrity and service to others. Whatever endeavor he engaged in, he gave more than 100% of his time and energy. During his lifetime, Jerry was committed to ARCA and the Ballet Folklórico de Morelia México, Christian Family Movement, Marriage Encounter, Cretin Class of '48, Community of Saints School, as well as numerous other endeavors. Whatever organization he became involved with, it was not long before he provided the needed leadership for successful outcomes. A special time was when Jerry, Marilyn and Fr. Tom Hill were the International Marriage Encounter team. They were able to travel and meet with people from approximately 54 other countries to develop strategy for strengthening families and marriages which they believed were the bedrock of any society. Jerry enjoyed his Wisconsin cabin get-togethers with family and friends, fishing from the dock, golfing, gardening, reading. He spent 20 years building "Tiny Town" which was mostly an extensive Department 56 collection. He was a man of humor and spent his life good- naturedly teasing his children and grandchildren. He reached out and touched so many people that we cannot even begin to count. A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Brookdale Memory Care Center in Eagan for your love and compassionate care towards Jerry. Services are pending until we can all be together to celebrate Jerry's life. Memorials are preferred for Community of Saints Regional Catholic School, Twin Cities Marriage Encounter and the Church of St. Matthew. KLECATSKY & SONS EAGAN CHAPEL klecatskys.com 651-457-6200
Gerald Francis 'Jerry' Sexton
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