JohnPaul Robert Gergen was born at Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND, on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 12:18 p.m. He weighed just under 5 pounds and measured 16 inches long. He peacefully lived for approximately one hour, experiencing only love from his family and faith community during his short time spent with them.
JohnPaul is the son of Benjamin and Janelle Gergen of East Grand Forks, MN, and the younger brother of Peter Gergen. Immediately upon his birth, JohnPaul was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church by Monsignor David Baumgartner. JohnPaul was a very handsome redhead who was able to briefly open his eyes and move his arms. He taught many people about the sanctity of human life. JohnPaul will always be missed but remembered forever by all those whose life he touched.
In addition to his parents and proud older brother, JohnPaul is survived by grandparents R.C. “Punky” and Roberta Beauchamp (East Grand Forks, MN), and Edward and Paula Gergen (Randolph, MN). Great-Grandparents to JohnPaul are Ione Beauchamp (East Grand Forks, MN), Jacqualyn Gergen (Randolph, MN) and Andrew Wellman (Hampton, MN). JohnPaul is also survived by his Godparents, Matthew and Sarah Effhauser (East Grand Forks, MN) and many aunts, uncles and cousins. JohnPaul is preceded in death by Great-Grandparents Jack and Donna Spoor, Bob Beauchamp, Edward and Romayne Gergen and Florine Wellman.
Mass of Christian Burial for JohnPaul will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (East Grand Forks, MN), preceded by a 9:15 a.m. rosary service. Committal and Internment will take place in Cannon Falls, MN, on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Arrangements by Gregory J. Norman Funeral Home of Grand Forks, ND.