August 5, 1927 - November 9, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00AM Friday, November 13, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Anna for Arnold “Arnie” J. Jonas, 88, of St. Anna, who died Monday at Assumption Home, Cold Spring. Rev. David Grundman and Rev. Eberhard Scheffers will concelebrate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2015 and one hour prior to services on Friday all at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4:30PM followed by the Knights of Columbus at 5:00PM.

Arnie was born August 5, 1927 in St. Martin, the son of Edward and Teckla (Winter) Jonas. He married the love of his life, Rose Wander, on June 14, 1950 in Melrose. He farmed most of his adult life; his other occupations included Cold Spring Granite Company, Franklin Manufacturing, and Bogards Gas Station. Arnie is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna; and also, the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing for pan fish, spearing, and playing cards. Arnie was friendly to everyone and loved to strike up a conversation with strangers. He had a charismatic smile, great sense of humor, and a caring heart. Arnie enjoyed sharing his philosophy with his family and always ended his advice with, “but you have to know.” Most importantly, he cared for his family beyond words. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his children, Diane (Duke) Koehn of Underwood, Mary (Clem) Doll of Avon, David (Judy) of Sauk Centre, Brenda Porter of St. Cloud, Marvin (Kimberly) of Clearwater; siblings, Edmund (Margie) of Richmond, Darlene Hommerding of Albany, Arlene Winkels of Paynesville, Marcella Douvier of Farming; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Arnie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose; son-in-law, Robert Porter; siblings, Clem Jonas and Ellen Hommerding.