Jerry Cerise, 74

Jerry E. Cerise, 74, of New Prague, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, after a 14-month battle with pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Ft. Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis, with Bill Dexheimer Pharris officiating.

Interment will follow at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Cerise, Don Klagge, Ronnie Nelson, Bruce Hornbacher, Jay Berthe, Glenn Herring and Tom Kammerer.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Jerry's name to either the American Cancer Society, Masonic Cancer Center/University of Minnesota, or the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Jerry was born July 13, 1933, in Minneapolis, a son of Emile and Lillian (Rundgren) Cerise. As a youth, he grew up at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, where he formed a lifelong love for the game of golf. He was also an all-city football player in the early '50s for the West High Cowboys, before going on to the University of Minnesota. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. In 1956, he married Marlene Gates of Winona and they moved to Moorhead. Jerry worked as a salesman for Minnesota Toro for 40 years, highlighted in 1963 by earning the title of Mr. Toro Topper

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