Gerald T. “Jerry” Mahoney, age 85, passed away peacefully May 31, 2019.
The funeral Mass for Jerry Mahoney will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester, with the Rev. Msgr. Gerald A. Mahon officiating. Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Jerry was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Rochester to Frank and Bridget Mahoney. After serving two years in the Army, Jerry finished his B.A. from Mankato State College in 1958. He started his career with Mayo Clinic in 1959 in the business office, where he processed insurance claims and collected accounts. He subsequently worked in several different administrative assignments and in 1986, when Mayo Clinic formally merged with Saint Marys Hospital, Jerry became Associate Administrator and then Administrator of the hospital until his retirement in 1996.
There was one part of his job that he’d loved from the very beginning and he knew he would miss when he retired — the “people part of it.” And the people part of it was what led Jerry to a fulfilling, active retirement. Jerry was a very active volunteer with many church and community organizations and served as President of the Rochester Senior Center Foundation Board and President of the Saint Marys Hospital Sponsorship Board (1998-2008), and Chair of the Mayo Clinic Heritage Days Committee (1999-2010).
Jerry believed the key to a good life was people: First family, then friends, and friends from his working life. His positive outlook was remarkable. People were drawn to him and wanted to spend their time with him. This was true not only of people of his generation, but the friends of his kids as well. Most importantly, to be truly happy Jerry required only his bride Patty at his side, maybe a cigar and a beer, and a car to get them “on down the road” for one of their many adventures.
Jerry is survived by his bride of 60 years, Patty; children, Shaun (Stefany), Tim, Mary Pat (Dave) Oslund, Joe (Aimee), Matt, and Erin (Stan) Fiorito; grandchildren Katherine, Joey, Davey, Megan, Emma, Matt, Lucy, Jack, Lily and Henry.
Thank you to Mayo Clinic Charter House and Mayo Hospice nurses and staff for their loving care and support of Jerry over the past several months.
Memorials preferred to the Poverello Foundation, a nonprofit to help patients in need who are unable to afford medical care, or to the Lourdes High School Foundation.
Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.