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A Celebration of Life with sharing of memories for Gerald J. Joachim, 74, of Albert Lea, will be held at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, August 4, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. Friends may visit with family at the funeral home one hour before services. Interment will be at 9:00 A M. on Monday, August 5, at Lunder Lutheran Cemetery, rural Albert Lea. Military Honors will be accorded by Albert Lea Veteran’s Organizations.
Gerald passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends on Wednesday, July 31, after a long battle with cancer. Gerald James Joachim was born June 17, 1945, in Albert Lea, the son of Olga (Lyngaas) and Kenneth John Joachim. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1963. He joined the Navy in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1970. He spent three years of that service in Idaho Falls, Idaho as a staff instructor. Then he was assigned to US HADDO SSN-604 Nuclear Submarine. Gerald worked at Prairie Island Nuclear Plant, Red Wing, MN, from 1971, retiring in 2003. His occupation was Radiation Protection and Chemistry Technician. He moved back to Albert Lea in 2008.
Gerald is survived by brother Ken (Karen) Joachim, sisters: Mary (Steve) Anderson, Betty (Ron) Stoick, Nancy (Michael) Olsen, all of Albert Lea, aunt: Gladys Bergland and uncle: Ordean Joachim, many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olga (Lyngaas) and Kenneth Joachim; grandparents; aunts, uncles, cousins, and niece, Tammy Norby. Gerald enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing at Bud’s in Frazee, golfing, travelling and Las Vegas.
A special thanks to Duane, Scott, Sue and Frank.
Memorials suggested in lieu of flowers.