Gerald ‘PJ’ Louis Pajerski
Gerald “PJ” Louis Pajerski was born on Jan. 21, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Louis and Linnea Pajerski. He was the second oldest of 13.
PJ attended school in Minneapolis where he graduated from Washburn High School in 1957 and then attended the University of Minnesota for two years before being drafted into the US Army in 1960. He served in the US Army from 1961 to 1970. He served in Wurzburg, Germany as a Personnel Specialist from Dec. 1961 to Dec. 1965, and in Vietnam from July 1970 to November 1970. He trained in Fort Mammouth, N. J. for eight weeks in 1967 for ADP console training and received two weeks of training for computer OPT-Tag GE course in 1968, then two weeks in XDS 9-series program in 1970.
PJ was united in marriage to Erica Valentin in 1963 while serving in the Army.
After his honorable discharge in 1971 he moved back to Minneapolis to work with his father, a general contractor and interior designer. Throughout the years from Minneapolis to Omaha to McCook and then to Imperial, he had a wide array of positions. His ending career was with his own business, Imperial Marketing, where he sold and marketed Groff Ag Equipment throughout the Midwest. While living in Imperial he met and married Caroline “Carla” Pflum on Jan. 17, 2003.
PJ was a lifetime member of the AMVets. He enjoyed being involved with the local VFW Post #4688 and being the head commander for 20 years.
He was an Isaak Walton League member for many years and tried his hand/fishing rod at the annual catfish tournament. He was also an avid golfer when time permitted.
One of his greatest pleasures was spending time with family and watching the grandchildren grow up and he participated with as many of their activities as possible. His great personality and sense of humor awarded him many friends. He never knew a stranger.
PJ Pajerski, a 35+ year resident of Imperial, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 16, 2017 at the Imperial Manor Nursing home. He was 78 years of age.
Survivors include sons Gerald “Jerry” L. Pajerski Jr. of Imperial and Louis A. Pajerski of Omaha; daughter Brenda M. (Richard) Wessel of Omaha; step-sons Robert Valentin of Tennessee and Josh (Tricia) Moreno of Imperial; step-daughter Chantel Bishop and friend Sam Malleck of McCook; grandsons Nicholas Pajerski, Austin Bishop, Jacob Wessel, Devin Grier, Trevin Moreno, Brextin Moreno, Jesse Pajerski and Zach Valentin; granddaughters Ashley Pajerski, Briann Grier, Alyssa Moreno, Jessica Wessel and Madyson Pajerski;
Sister Angie (Rich) Racine of Oak Park Heights, Minn., sister Jean (Jim) Bovits of Gardner, Kan.; brother Phil Pajerski of Edina, Minn.; sister Florence Pajerski of Maple Grove, Minn.; sister Carol (Bob) Tasto of Estero, Fla.; sister Rita Gutenkauf of Billings, Mont.; sister Pat (Jim) Kirchberg of Oak Park, Minn.; sister Julie Johnson of Coon Rapids, Minn.; sister, Theresa Gaudoin of Pacific Grove, Calif.; sister, Diane (Chuck) Becker of Maple Grove, Minn.; sister Darlene (Tom) Olby of Duluth, Minn.; sister Louise (Will) Healy of Cincinnati Ohio;
Sister-in-law Mary (Lonnie) Malmkar of Lincoln; brother-in-law Mike Pflum of David City; sister-in-law Catie Pflum of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law Anne (Jack) Strain of Genoa; sister-in-law Linda (Rod) Bohlender of Stinnette, Texas; sister-in-law Diane (Mike) Stittle of Ravenna; brother-in-law Pat Pflum of Oregon; sister-in-law Jean (Anthony) Miranda of Hollister, Calif.; sister-in-law Chris (Jon) Karn of Holdrege; brother-in-law Mark (Brenda) Pflum of Columbus; sister-in-law Angela Guiterrez of Lincoln; brother-in-law Brian Pflum of San Tan Valley, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Scott (Heather) Pflum of Amherst; sister-in-law Denise (Brian) Eddy of Valparaiso; brother-in-law Eric (Coren) Pflum of David City; and numerous nieces and nephews, too many to list; just let it be known that they all had a special place in his heart.
Funeral services for PJ Pajerski will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial will Pastor David Kahle officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial with full Military Honors.
Visitation will be Thursday afternoon, Oct. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Imperial.
A memorial may be gifted in his name to Angelman Syndrome Foundation in honor of his great-niece, Brooklyn, of Foley, Minn. For more information check out their website www.angelman.org.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.