Merlyn X. Jerzak

July 24, 1942-Jan. 5, 2013

BUFFALO – Mass of Christian Burial for Merlyn “Merle” X. Jerzak, 70, of Buffalo and formerly of St. Cloud will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery Marshall. Friends and relatives may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and also one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday. St. Joseph Parish prayers will be prayed at 5 p.m. and the St. Joseph American Legion Post 328 ritual will be at 6:30 p.m. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

He died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

Merlyn X. Jerzak was born July 24, 1942, in Tyler to Edward and Martha (Peppersack) Jerzak. He grew up in Minneota. He was a 1964 graduate of St. John’s University, Collegeville, with a double major in business and economics. He was united in marriage to Mavis M. “Scottie” Scott on Sept. 21, 1968, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy. Following their marriage they made their home in the St. Cloud area until moving to Buffalo in 2004. He enjoyed working outside around his home in his gardens and landscaping alongside his wife, Scottie. Having lived and worked in the St. Cloud area for over 30 years, Merle built many solid relationships and family friends from the St. Cloud area. Merle was known as a hardworking man who was employed by Miller companies of St. Cloud for over 20 years, Merck Pharmaceutical for five years, and most recently at Home Depot in Monticello since 2005. He was a member and past Commander of the St. Joseph American Legion Post 328. Being a man strong in his faith, Merle was very active with the Catholic Church in St. Joseph and was a member of the choir for many years. Merle was a loving Father, Husband, Grandfather, Uncle and friend who will be missed by many. He loved spending time with his three grandchildren and would often take them fishing. We are all so grateful to have shared in the life of Merle, and we wish him a peaceful journey into the arms of God! We love you Papa!

Survivors include his loving wife, Scottie of Buffalo; daughter, Rochelle (and Chad) Curtis of Chanhassen and son, Chad (and Heidi) of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Rachel, Maggie and Ben; brother, Ralph (and Mary) Jerzak of Elk River and sisters, Phyllis Riley of Chanhassen and Sharleen Townsend of Eden Prairie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Felicia.