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home : obituaries : obituaries February 5, 2016

12/11/2012 11:28:00 AM
Alida M. Gehrke

Alida M. Gehrke, 88, of Sauk Rapids formerly of South Haven died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 8, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fair Haven with Rev. Don Wilke officiating. Burial will follow at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to LCMS Minnesota North Missions.

She is survived by children Joan (Bruce) Goetteman of Carver, Cheryl (Bill) Rightsell of Suwanee, Ga., Barbara (Douglas) Hertling of St. Cloud, David (Trish) Gehrke of Denver, Colo.; step-son Layton (Marian) Gehrke of St. Peter; sisters and brother Luella Olson of Lakeville, Mavis (Orville) Boekhoff of Sioux Falls, S.D., Elmer (Janice) Johnson of Yankton, S.D., Alice (LaVern) Aisenbrey of Olivet, S.D., Fay Simek of Yankton, S.D.; seven grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sister Elsie Baker; and brother George Johnson. Alida Margaret Gehrke was born Sept. 5, 1924, at Scotland, S.D., to Hans and Emma (Einerson) Johnson and was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church near Menno, S.D. During World War II she worked at the bomb assembly plant in Mead, Neb. She married Ludwig J. Gehrke on Oct. 14, 1953, at Yankton, S.D., and he preceded her in death on July 23, 1999. Along with her husband she farmed and was a homemaker and 4-H Leader. Alida was a foster grandparent at Annandale and Kimball schools and then worked for Head Start in Sartell. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Community and a former member of Concordia Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the organist for 30 years, and a Sunday School teacher for 27 years.

Pallbearers: Shari Hubred, Dan Baker, Kathy Yeager Williams, Joey Morey, Robert Gehrke, Brian Simek, Charles and Douglas Kersten.





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