Obituary: Deacon Gerald Theis

Deacon Gerald Theis, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 19, at his home. He was a deacon of the Diocese of St. Cloud for 13 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Richmond. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. The service will be livestreamed at

Reception of the body will begin with the Office of the Dead at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Aug. 24, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond from 9 to 10 a.m.

Deacon Theis was born Aug. 24, 1948 in St. Cloud to Gerald and Collette (Knese) Theis. He married Renee Leither Oct. 7, 1967, in Jacobs Prairie. They had eight children.

Deacon Theis worked at Coldspring granite company for 47 years until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting (especially squirrel hunting), visiting with people, and cutting wood. He loved his children and 14 grandchildren. He was a wrestling referee and an umpire for baseball and softball. He was a member of the Farming Lion’s Club, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. He was ordained a deacon on June 14, 2008, and served the Centered on Christ Catholic Community, which includes parishes in Cold Spring, Rockville, Richmond and Jacob’s Prairie.

He is survived by his wife, Renee; children, Greg (Andrea), Laurie (Jeff) Moline, Chris, Father Jeremy, Danny (Beth), Sarah (Russ) Britton, Andy; siblings, Anthony, Lawrence, James (Donna), Michael (Carol), Leonard (Helen), Joseph (Wendy), Mark, Mary (Jeff) Spoden, Carol (Duane) Hiltner, Joan (Gary) Stangler, John (Sandra); and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Patrick.

Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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