Bernelda M. Gertken, 81

Bernelda GertkenBernelda M. Gertken, age 81
May 7, 1931 – April 22, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Bernelda M. Gertken, age 81, who died Monday at Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday (Today) at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 4 p.m. followed by a rosary with the Christian Women.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the funeral home.

Bernelda was born in St. Cloud, MN to Frank and Clara Mehr.  She married Benedict Gertken on September 12, 1949 in St. Martin Catholic Church, St. Martin, MN.  Bernelda loved quilting, playing bingo, calling bingo, puzzles, fishing, playing cards, shooting pool, volunteering and snowmobiling on her snowmobile, “Nellie”.

Survivors include her children, Carol (Gary) Chihos, Frank (Deb), Brenda (John) Clemen, Ben Jr. (Sharon); siblings, Cyril (Louise) Mehr, Caroline (Linus) Heinen, Lorraine Bueckers, Melvin (Cathy) Mehr, Susie (Denny) Wurm; daughters-in-law, Cecilia and Sandy; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benedict; sons, Eddie and Romie.