Dorothy Marie Gerke

Dorothy Marie Gerke left her earthly life quietly while residing at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, IA on August 9th, 2020 at the age of 96 years and 10 months.
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Dorothy Marie Gerke left her earthly life quietly while residing at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, IA on August 9th, 2020 at the age of 96 years and 10 months.

Dorothy Marie was born to Glen and Hanah Quackenbush of Kole’s Valley on October 22, 1923.

She joined in wedlock to Cyril Pershing Gerke on July 17, 1948 at their home in Tomah, WI. God blessed this union with 70 years of friendship. She and Cyril remained faithful members of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church throughout their earthly life.

Dorothy worked for Dr. Robert Kozarek as a secretary, bookkeeper, and then office manager until her retirement in 1988. After retirement Cyril and Dorothy lived in Rice Lake, WI for a period of 14 years before returning to Tomah.

Dorothy loved her garden and especially her flowers. She took great care in their tending. She spent many hours making delicious jams, jellies, and juices which she generously shared with her friends and family. Dorothy was also and accomplished seamstress.

Due to declining health, Dorothy moved to Mount Ayr, IA to be closer to her daughter in January of 2020 where she resided until her death.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Hanah, 2 brothers, Oliver and Harold, her husband of 70 years, Cyril, 2 sons, Dennis and Dale and a great granddaughter, Sheyanne Nicole.

She is survived by her son Bruce (Traci) Gerke and Camp Douglas, WI, as well as her daughter, Terri (John) Burton of Pleasanton, IA. Also 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, many nieces, and nephews as well as friends.

Dorothy was unshakable in her faith. She professed her belief in God’s unfailing grace devoting time every night to devotions, prayers, and hymns. She shared her beliefs freely with her care givers that attended her, doing what she could to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to any receptive ear she found and there were many in this foreign environment she found herself in.

Special thanks are necessary to the many nurses and cnas that supplied her needs in the final stage of her journey. They did everything within their power to provide her needs and attend to her comfort. They became not caregivers but also friends. Their attentiveness and care during these extraordinary times made her final days bearable.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020, 1:00 PM at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Ave., Tomah. Pastor Curt S. Backhaus will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation on Saturday at the church from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service.

The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com

Those in attendance are encouraged to use wear a mask and respect social distancing according to CDC guidelines.