Fr. Gerald "Jerry" Thaar, osc, dies in Onamia
The Crosier Communities of Onamia and Phoenix mourn the loss of our confrere.
Fr. Gerald "Jerry" Thaar, osc, was born Sept. 7, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, to William and Adeline (Polin). He was the middle brother to William and Dan who both preceded him in death in 2016.
Fr. Jerry, osc, entered the Crosier Order Aug. 27, 1958, making his first profession of vows Aug. 28, 1959. He was ordained a Catholic priest May 22, 1965.
His ministry assignments were to the Crosier missions in the Diocese of Agats in Asmat, Papua, in the rain forests of Indonesia, for 27 years. Following his return to the United States, he served the parishes of St. Dennis in Royal Oak, Michigan, as a member of the Crosier Community of Riverview (Michigan), and Blessed Sacrament in Scottsdale, Arizona, as a member of the Crosier Community of Phoenix (Arizona). He was also chaplain at Vi Grayhawk Senior Living Community in Scottsdale.
In 2014, Fr. Jerry moved to the Crosier Community of Onamia (Minnesota), residing at the neighboring Lake Song Assisted Living. He died unexpectedly Feb. 18, 2017, at the Mille Lacs Health System hospital. He was 79 years old. Fr. Jerry is survived by a small extended family and by his Crosier confreres in Onamia and Phoenix.
In Minnesota: Funeral Services were celebrated at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia, with the Reception of the Body on Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Office for the Dead. The Funeral Mass began at 4 p.m. with burial in the priory cemetery to follow. Dinner was served following the burial.
In Arizona: A Memorial Mass and celebration of life service will be celebrated on March 25 at 10 a.m. in the Priory Church of the Holy Cross in Phoenix.
Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359.