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Doris May Gerke

May 30, 2019 | 7 comments

Doris May Gerke, 97, of Genoa, formerly of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Bethany Riverside.

She was born on April 23, 1922 to Frank and Martha Roesler. She married Leo Gerke on February 18, 1941 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse.

Doris worked at Woolworth’s dime store in the early 40’s until she and her husband purchased the Amber Inn in La Crosse in 1948 which they owned for 28 years. After her retirement there, she worked for a few years in the food service for La Crosse Schools. Doris and her husband enjoyed to travel and go to Brewers and Packers games. She loved to bake and spend time outdoors gardening. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her children, Doris Mae Mikshowsky, Rozanne Malin, and Frank (Lois) Gerke; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Susie (Jerry) Forsythe; sister in law, Rosella Roesler; and her favorite furry companion, Teddy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters. The family would like to extend a thank you to Bethany Riverside for their great care.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Prairie Room at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, with visitation being held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

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  1. Angie Swenson

    So sorry for your loss Frank. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    • frank gerke

      Thanks Angie, hope all is well with you and yours.

  2. Kay (Johnston) Bjornstad

    Doris, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. You had her for a long time. Someday we will all meet again. Now she will be with your Dad and Dale. God bless you all.

  3. John and Cheryl Hoeth

    Sorry for your loss. She will be sadly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

  4. Kathy and Bing Zillmer

    Rozanne, Bing and I are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was so delightful. We enjoyed visiting with her at your parties.

    Someone once told me that God has a special place in heaven for caretakers. You were so good to your mom.

    We both will be out of town and won’t be able to attend the service, but you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Rhoda Wobeck

    Rozanne,So sorry for your loss of your mom!She is now in her happy home with all those gone before her.You were a wonderful daughter to her and I admire you how well you were always there for her.Take care!Rhoda

  6. Susan Schams

    Rozanne, you can feel so good about the wonderful life that you helped give your Mom. That was a blessing that she could be next door to you and gave her meaning and purpose to her life. The time you spent together she looked forward to. I remember you would take her for rides to see christmas lights and to just get her out and about to enjoy the scenery. she had her independence and yet you were steps away if she needed you. And when you got Teddy, that was so much enjoyment for her. She enjoyed the visits from the grandkids and family. God Bless Doris, you were so Loved

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