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Alida Gehrke, 88


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

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fair Haven with Rev. Don Wilke officiating. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel at 325 11th Street N. in Sauk Rapids, and at the church one hour prior to services. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow the funeral at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Annandale, and memorials are preferred to LCMS Minnesota North Missions.

Alida Margaret Gehrke was born Sept. 5, 1924, at Scotland, S.D., to Hans and Emma (Einerson) Johnson. She 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 Oct. 14, 1953, at Yankton S.D., and he preceded her in death 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 Headstart 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.

Alida was preceded in death by her husband; sister Elsie Baker; and brother George Johnson.

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

The pallbearers will be Shari Hubred, Dan Baker, Kathy Yeager Williams, Joey Morey, Robert Gehrke, Brian Simek, and Charles and Douglas Kersten.