FAIRMONT — Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry Determan, 89, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222, held outside the church at the conclusion of the service. Entombment will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Jerry passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at his home in Fairmont, surrounded by his family after a courageous 12-year battle with multiple myeloma. The family asks that people are mindful of social distancing guidelines, wearing masks and best practices in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The number of people in attendance will be monitored. Those wishing to view the service are asked to follow the livestream link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/11855979, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jerome Anthony Determan was born Oct. 13, 1931, in Melrose, Minn., the seventh of 13 children to George and Eleanor (Zirbes) Determan. Jerry graduated from Sauk Centre High School and joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving as a Navy Seabee. After his service, he worked for Interstate Power Company in southwestern Minnesota where he met his loving wife of 64 years, Donna Holinka. The couple was married Sept. 24, 1956, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fulda, and the marriage was blessed with five children. The couple purchased Deluxe Vending in Fairmont in 1969 where they worked until their retirement. The couple enjoyed many winters in Florida before Jerry’s health prevented them from traveling. Jerry was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce. He was active in the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Fairmont Planning Commission, served on the board of First Farmers and Merchants Bank, and as a trustee for St. John Vianney, in addition to being a past president of both Fairmont Growth Opportunities and National Automatic Merchandising Association. Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Donna; children, Lori (Joel) Determan of Andover, Minn., Mary Pat (Chuck) Pearson of Eden Prairie, Minn., Mark (JoRae) Determan and Paul Determan of Fairmont, Minn., and Jill (Jeff) Mathiason of Granada, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Danielle (Jon) Seitz, Mike Determan, Cole Pearson, Celia Pearson, Erin (Cody) Moore, Miranda Mathiason and fiancé Jon Richter, Madeline Mathiason, and Eric Determan; one great-grandchild, Ethan Seitz; brothers, Jim (Ann) Determan of Blaine, Minn., and David (Jill) Determan of Grey Eagle, Minn. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, George and Eleanor Determan; sisters, Virginia Weiss, Bernie Jernigan, Evelyn Evans, Beatrice Decker, Dorothy Pulka, Lou Ann Burns, and Jean Timp; and brothers Ralph, Robert, and Daniel. The family requests donation be made in Jerry’s name to the Knights of Columbus Council 1575 Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 992, Fairmont, MN 56031. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net