Dennis Semerad, 77


Oct. 5, 1940 —
July 29, 2018
Rochester - Dennis J. Semerad, age 77 of Rochester, Minn., passed away on July 29, 2018 at The Waters on Mayowood. 
There will be a Funeral Mass for Dennis at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018  at The Church of the Resurrection in Rochester with the Fathers Peter Schuster and Thomas Loomis officiating. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday evening, Aug. 2, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Elma at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.
Dennis was born on Oct. 5, 1940, in Elma, Iowa to Ludvik and Anna (Kuhn) Semerad. He was raised in Elma and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Elma. He received his Bachelor of Science & M.B.A. from BYU “Barn Yard University” (as he would say). He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a proud veteran.
Dennis lived a remarkable life and was blessed with/earned many significant titles along the way, son, brother, uncle, specialist (E4 U.S. Army), marksman, husband, father, grandfather, president, serial entrepreneur, board member, philanthropist, friend and many more.  He loved to spend time with his family and friends, travel, hunt, read, invest and relax at “The Farm.”
Dennis is survived by his wife, Rita Semerad of Rochester; son, Jason (Holly) Semerad of Mahtomedi, Minn., and granddaughters Mila, Jocelyn and Estelle; daughter, Angela Semerad of Kamuela, Hawaii; and son David (Julie Mooney) Semerad of Andover, Minn.; a sister, Bernice Kvidera of Wauwatosa, Wis.; and four brothers, Robert Semerad of Fairfax, Va., Richard Semerad of Jim Falls, Wis., Leonard Semerad of Jackson, Wis. and Paul Semerad of Flushing, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ludvik and Anna Semerad; two sisters, Ione Stodola and Inez Pelley; two brothers, Arthur and Alfred Semerad; and a daughter Robin Rebecca.
Memorials are preferred to the Rochester Area Foundation - Dennis and Rita Semerad Donor Advised Fund. Online condolences are welcome at

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