Tom Ertel remembered as kind-hearted and soft spoken

By Brenda Erdahl

Encouraging, honorable, generous, soft spoken, laid back, easy going and kind-hearted. Those are some of the words friends and family used to describe former Maple Lake businessman and mayor, Tom Ertel.

Tom passed away on Friday, Sept. 25 in Jupiter, FL where he made his home for the last three years. He was 85 years old. He will be buried at St. Timothy Cemetery in Maple Lake next to his wife, Carol. Family hope to hold a memorial service for him next summer after the pandemic when people can gather safely again.

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