December 5, 1927 ~ March 1, 2014
Gerald Kavanaugh passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on March 1, 2014 while surrounded by his loving and blessed family.
Jerry was born on December 5, 1927 in Fargo to Johanna (Fridgen) and Joseph Kavanaugh. Jerry and his two brothers grew up on North Terrace during the time of the Great Depression. Jerry was a scholar, an altar boy, a fine all-around athlete and an Eagle Scout. After he graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1945, he attended the University of Notre Dame. During this time he enlisted in the Navy, and served honorably for two years aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea. After completing his service, he resumed his studies at Notre Dame. He then attended and graduated from the UND School of Medicine, and completed his medical studies at Northwestern University, graduating in 1954. After starting his medical career in Internal Medicine, he later changed his specialty to Cardiology.
In June of 1954, Jerry married the love of his life, Donna Marie Erickson. They were blessed with four children: Ann, Kevin, Sheila and Peter. They resided in Rochester, MN for a time while Jerry was on the staff of the Mayo Clinic, and later returned to Fargo where they have lived since. He was a gentle physician who cared greatly for his patients. He retired in 1989 from what was then MeritCare Clinic.
Jerry’s passions included family time at Round Lake (a.k.a. “Tara Woods”) near Perham, MN, woodworking, reading, hunting, fishing and traveling. He enjoyed long walks with his golden retriever and savoring a cup of coffee with neighbors and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jim, and daughter, Ann.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Donna; his children Kevin (Terri), Sheila, and Peter (Tracy), and two grandchildren Holly and Matt; his brother Joel Kavanaugh, his aunt Eleanor Fridgen, and many nieces, nephews and additional relatives.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of Hospice of the Red River Valley as well as the Comfort Keepers for their care of Jerry and Donna during this time.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Red River Valley, or the Presentation Sisters.