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Jerry Winters

September 9, 1942 — December 11, 2021

Jerry Winters

Jerry Winters age 79 died Saturday, December 11, 2021 at his North Mankato home after battling cancer this past year.


Memorial service 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Paul van de Crommert officiating. Visitation two hours prior to the service and will continue immediately following services. Burial at a later date in Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred to Andreas Cancer Center, American Red Cross, or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Service will be live streamed at


Jerry was born on September 9, 1942, in Mankato to Darrell and Gladys (Gekeler) Winters. He attended school in Minnesota and North Carolina. He had worked as a department manager at Madsen Valu Center and a manager at Happy Chef Shakopee, was a Mankato realtor, and retired after 17 years as a supervisor for MRCI. 


Jerry married Judy Thompson and they had two children, Jamie and Janelle, and later divorced. Jerry married Karen Portner Morse on November 20, 1971, in South Dakota. Jerry took on the responsibility of husband and father and adopted Karen’s three young children, Jay, Deb, and Scott, and to this union, son Brandon was born. He loved all his children, providing for them and instilling the values of hard work and self-reliance. He was a fixer of anything and everything, refurbishing automobiles, and small engines. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, and spending time with family at the lake. Jerry was a caretaker and offered help to anybody that needed a hand. He was a good and kind man, husband, father, and grandfather.


Survived by wife, Karen of North Mankato; children, Jay (Cassie) Winters of Good Thunder, Deb (Terry) Miller of Mankato, Scott (Jennifer) Winters of Lake Crystal, Brandon Winters of Janesville, Janelle (John) Leitch of Larwill, Indiana, Jamie (Pam) Pringle of Warsaw, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Winters of Janesville; grandchildren, Brett (Heather), Ross, JT (Mallory),  Jake (Baylea), Grace, Faith, Hope, Emma, Ethan, Jackson, Rachel, Rebekah, Lydia, Julia, Noah, Jonah, Ryan and Stacey; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol Caminati and Diane Abraham both of Mankato; sister-in-law, Patti Winters of Oakdale; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his canine companion, Katie. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronnie Winters.


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Memorial Service

Friday, December 17, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

525 Grant Ave, North Mankato, MN 56003

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