Gerald E. Corcoran (Jerry), 90, died Wednesday, August 5th at Willows of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove following a brief illness. He leaves his eight children & spouses, Daughters, Kathleen Duffy (Michael), Susan Corcoran (Wayne), Mary Kay Sinjem (Chuck), and Caroline Kuha (Bryan); Sons, Michael Corcoran (Katie), Thomas Corcoran, Dennis Corcoran, and Kevin Corcoran. His ten grandchildren, Kalie Schultz and Ryan Duffy, Patricia Corcoran, Taylor, Darby & Tanner Sinjem, Alex and Evan Corcoran, Brandon & Jordan Kuha, and two great-grandchildren Miles Sladon & Gianna Sinjem. Sister Marlys Tromley of Pahrump, NV, sister-in-law Carroll Corcoran, Stella Corcoran and his furry forever companions 'Bernie’ and ‘River.’
Born in Fargo, ND and raised in Minneapolis, Jerry was able to travel internationally to his beloved Ireland. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Patricia (Patty) Burns Corcoran, brother Lyle and parents John & Mabel (O’Bleness) Corcoran of Minneapolis.
In his early years, Mr. Corcoran took any available job to help his north Minneapolis family though the Great Depression. After graduating from Vocational High School in Minneapolis, he joined the U.S. Air Force serving as a WWII veteran in the Medical Corps discharged in 1950. Jerry then went to the University of Minnesota in pre-med and completed two years of school with straight 'A' grades. He met his wife Patricia Corcoran at a dance in Minneapolis, and they were married in 1952.
Life interfered with the best-laid plans and the arrival of the first of his eight children. Jerry had the opportunity to join the Woolworth Department store chain. He started as an assistant manager at the Lake Street store in Minneapolis. Jerry went on to a 41-year career as store and regional manager in 12 cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Wyoming, and Chicago, Illinois. He retired to The Villages in Lady Lake, Florida, where he took up golf and enjoyed his many children’s and grandchildren’s visits.
Much gratitude and thanks to the Brighton Hospice team and Memory Care specialists at the Willows of Arbor Lakes. Please direct all memorials in memory of Jerry to the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley - 845 Meadow Ln N, Golden Valley, MN 55422.
Catholic service will be held Tuesday August 11, 2020 at Church of St. Joseph the Worker 7180 Hemlock Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369. 11:00 AM mass, visitation one hour prior to service. Masks and social distancing required at visitation and funeral. Interment directly following funeral services at Gethsemane Catholic Cemeteries, 8151 42nd Ave N., New Hope, MN 55427.