John Edwin Minton
Minton, John Edwin Age 89, of Roseville, MN Died on March 12, 2023. Preceded in death by parents, Emmett and Mary Minton, sister-in-law Mary Jo Minton (Bob), brothers-in- law Richard Trafas (Molly), and Leon Binger (Kathleen). Survived by Germaine, his wife of 60 years, son Patrick Emmett (Karen), brothers Robert and Patrick Charles, sisters Molly Trafas, Kathleen Binger and Jane Minton, and several cousins, nephews, nieces, and other relatives. After growing up in Belle Plaine, MN and graduating from Belle Plaine High School in 1951, John moved to St. Paul and worked for a finance company until he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1954. Fortunately, the Army at the time was a peacetime army, and John spent most of his time in Germany working in personnel instead of risking his life in a combat zone. In 1956, John received an early release to attend college at the College of St. Thomas, an all-male college in those days. After graduating from St. Thomas in 1959, he spent 4 years teaching English and Latin while doing graduate work at Western Michigan University and the University of Minnesota. Fortunately, despite this busy schedule, John found many new friends, among them Geri Gerth, the love of his life, who married him in 1962. John and Geri recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Early in their marriage, John was still teaching English and Latin at Norwood Young America while Geri was working with nursing students at St. Mary's Junior College. To make life easier, Geri helped John find a job at St. Mary's the following year in 1964. This experience helped John land his final job at Lakewood Community College in White Bear Lake, where he taught English (no Latin) until he retired in 1996. John was an avid card player, especially the family tradition of Buck Euchre, and traveled the continent to play in regional and national bridge tournaments. John volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Loaves and Fishes. John was a renaissance man, a life-time learner and post retirement took distance courses in advanced mathematics from the University of Minnesota. John, like his dad, had a great sense of humor. He was kind and deeply devoted to his family. John enjoyed life and would stay longer if he could, but that was not his decision. He's confident that the people he's leaving will do a good job of making this world a better place. A Celebration of John's Life will be held this spring. Charitable donations can be made to Second Harvest Heartland food bank. John and Geri would like to thank April and Sabrina of Grace Hospice and Kim and Gamada from Legacy Home care for their lovingcare during John's illness.
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