Arlys A. Gehrke
Sunday, October 9, 1938
Date of Death:
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
80 years old
Arlys A. Gehrke
Arlys Ann Gehrke, age 80, of Rochester died Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.
Arlys was born October 9, 1938 Cresco, IA, the daughter of Edwin and Marian (Elfrink) Kappers. She was hand-picked by her loving husband, Donald Gehrke. They were married November 24, 1954 at St. Ignatius in Spring Valley, MN. She loved to quilt, and quilted for all of her family members. She enjoyed going for putts on the lake. She was an avid reader. She and Don travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Most importantly she loved spending time with all of her grandchildren.
Arlys is survived by her husband, Don; children: Steven (Tracy) Gehrke of Nevis, MN, Pamela (Rick) Hanson of Pine Island, Shelly (Scott) Birgin of Champlin, MN; grandchildren: Ben Gehrke, Kate Howard, Jennifer Hanson, Isaac Bissen, Matt Birgin, Nicole McDaniel, and Derek Birgin; great-grandchildren: Aiden, Quinnlan, Makenzie, Aubriana, Blaze, Josslynne, Kai, Griffin, Emerson, and Stella; siblings: Larry (Marilyn) Kappers of Spring Valley, and Sharon Lowe of Mazeppa,.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
A funeral service for Arlys will be held Friday, September 20, 2019 at 2:30PM in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester at a later date. Memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Fund or to St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester.
The family of Arlys A. Gehrke has received the following condolences.
Don, with our sympathies to you, sorry for your loss. Tom, Sharon and boys.
Sharon so sorry to learn of the passing of your sister Prayers Bernice King
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
Sending all of you comforting thoughts and prayers. - Vikki
Dear Don and Family,
Arlys was very special lady and both wonderful neighbors to The Kramer’s. We are so sad to hear of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she Rest In Peace.
Jo and Keith
Don and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Arlys was a wonderful person who always had a smile and laugh and always added to all who knew her. Everyone who was lucky enough to know her was blessed by her. Mark
Bob Adams here Don ---Sorry about your loss--May she Rest in Peace.
Don and Family -
We just saw notice of Arlys's passing. You have our deepest sympathies and are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a sweet, wonderful woman who will be greatly missed.
Doug and Cathy Thoen
Dear Gehrke Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing Arlys with us at Madonna Towers/Madonna Living Community.
Sandy Molenda; Madonna Living Community Foundation