Doris May Gerke
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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