Jerome “Jerry” Robert Arenz (77) of Minnetonka, MN passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital on May 29, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary; children Beth Anne (Roger), Susan (Corey), Amy (James), and Steven; grandchildren Joey, Andrew, Thomas, Graceanne, Sarah, Katie, Ben, Natalie and Caroline, and numerous family and friends.
Jerry loved sports and was an accomplished athlete in high school and college, playing baseball, basketball, and football. Jerry’s enthusiasm for sports continued into his adulthood, when he coached basketball, baseball, and softball. Whether for his own children or his many grandchildren, Jerry rarely missed a game or an opportunity to be the proud dad or grandpa.
Jerry graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer Indiana, in 1969, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He enjoyed a career in sales, ultimately retiring in 2019. For over 38 years, Jerry was an active member at St. Therese of Deephaven, serving in various capacities: from serving on its school board, to lecturing at mass, to assisting with religious education, among many other roles and responsibilities over the years. The Catholic church was deeply important to Jerry, and his involvement with the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House offered him additional opportunities to grow his faith. Jerry not only participated in but also served as coordinator for the annual retreat for many years.
Jerry loved to read and to play golf with his family and friends. He would take any opportunity he could to attend any sporting event or concert, and he could talk your ear off about the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, Eric Clapton’s guitar playing, classic cars he drove in the 60s and 70s, his kids, literature, or current events.
Please join us in celebrating his life with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Therese of Deephaven Catholic Church on Friday, June 16th at 11:00am. Visitation at the church before the Mass starting at 9:00am. In leu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House in his name.