In loving memory of

Jerome Phillip Wollenburg
May 11, 1936 - March 20, 2023

Jerome "Jerry" P. Wollenburg, 86, of Rochester, MN passed away Monday, March 20, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary's Campus in Rochester.

Jerome was adopted by Elwin and Evelyn Wollenburg from Brownsdale, MN celebrating his birthday May 11, 1936. He graduated from Austin High School in 1954. He entered Concordia College studying to be a Lutheran Pastor. Shortley after enrollment he joined the U.S. Navy where he became a pilot and served his country with pride. After the Navy, he was employed at Crenlo where he was Plant Superintendent for close to 40 years.

Jerome enjoyed playing and watching baseball. He was an avid Twins fan. He enjoyed singing and especially being involved with his church Mt. Olive Lutheran. He enjoyed taking vacations but most of all he loved spending time with his three granddaughters and his faithful companion his dog Charlie.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Norma; his son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Nikki Ferden; the joys of his life, Annika, Samaria and Nikola Ferden; one brother, Wayne Wollenburg; two sisters, Sandra Fredrich (Rodney) and Julie Dalager (Mike). Jerome is also survived by four sons from a previous marriage Cris Wollenburg, grandson Hunter, Tully Wollenberg (friend Pam), Jeffrey Wollenburg (Michelle), Phil Wollenburg (Barb), granddaughters, Sara Wollenburg and Nikki Wollenburg Rose (Matt); great grandchildren, Jaxon, Piper and Oliver.

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church 2830 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family wishes to thank Mayo Clinic Hospital for the care Jerome received. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cancer Society or Paws and Claws of Rochester.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wollenburg family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit


Ken Decker wrote on Mar 25, 2023:

"Nora so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. "

Kristy McGee wrote on Mar 24, 2023:

"Norma and Family, i am so sorry to hear this. You are in our thoughts and prayers! I will sure miss hearing Jerry's voice at church! Kristy & Kelly McGee"

Lori Crandall wrote on Mar 22, 2023:

"Sympathies to Phil and Barb on the loss of Dad, and to your children Sara and Nikki and Matt. Sending hugs?"

Brad O'Connell wrote on Mar 22, 2023:

"I worked many years with Jerry at Crenlo. He was a safety conscious Superintendent that respected his team and made sure all equipment was well maintained and safe. RIP Brad O'Connell"

Jason Sinnwell wrote on Mar 22, 2023:

"Norma and family, you are in our prayers. So many fond memories of Jerry, his laugh, and his voice. He will be missed dearly."