“I think Jonathan actually defined the term, ‘Pillar of the community.'”

D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato was among the mourners wishing a fond farewell to former Greater Mankato Growth CEO Jonathan Zierdt at a memorial service Monday at Hosanna Lutheran Church.

“When I first met him, I could not believe that somebody could be that positive and cheerful all of the time,” Considine said, “But, son-of-a-gun, he was.”

Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine.

In addition to leading economic development across the region, Considine said Zierdt’s creation of the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund through the Mankato Area Foundation was another example of the man that he was. “He managed to maintain a positive outlook and an attitude that he was going to help other people even in his darkest hour. He was truly an amazing man.”

Zierdt died on Wednesday at the age of 52 following a five-year battle with prostate and kidney cancer.

Donations in his honor can be made to the JZ Cancer Fund.