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Dorothy Gerdes, 89 - March 04, 2009


Dorothy E. Gerdes, 89, of Gothenburg, died Monday, March 2, 2009, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
A visitation was held Wednesday, March 4, from 1-8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the American Lutheran Church at Gothenburg with Lonna Grabenstein, PMA, officiating. Burial will take place at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Gerdes was born Dec. 16, 1919, to John and Mary (Fishburn) Trimble at Gothenburg. She was baptized on April 9, 1939, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg. She grew up at Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1940.
She was united in marriage to Walter LaVerne Gerdes on Nov. 23, 1940, at Lexington. To this union, two children were born.
Gerdes lived at Gothenburg and Maxwell, and spent two years in California. She was employed cleaning homes and offices including the Gothenburg State Bank.
She became a member of the American Lutheran Church on June 11, 1944, and was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Gerdes enjoyed horseshoes, cards and playing bingo, according to family members. She loved people and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
?She was preceded in death by: her husband, Walter in 1985; her parents, John and Mary; several brothers and sisters.
?Survivors include: her son, LaVerne (Lorraine) Gerdes of Lincoln; her daughter, Mary Lou (Garry) Dishman of Gothenburg; a sister, LaVonne Gerdes of Gothenburg; seven grandchildren—Ronald (Carmella) Dishman, Deanna (Steve) Lange, Karen (Todd) Wuehler, Nancy (Curt) DeVore, Kim (Kevin) Watson, Jeff (Valerie) Gerdes and LaRae (David) Lavalleur; 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Senior Citizen Center and the American Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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