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Madeline Loretta (Peterson) Gerlach

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Armstrong, Iowa
5 to 7 P.M.- Monday, October 30, 2017

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Armstrong, Iowa
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Father Merlin Schrad – Celebrant

(At a Later Date)
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
Elkton, South Dakota

Madeline Loretta (Peterson) Gerlach, daughter of Alvin and Myra (Luze) Peterson, was born on August 5, 1943 in Hendricks, Minnesota. She graduated from high school in Elkton, South Dakota in 1961. Madeline then attended beauty school in St. Paul Minnesota and was employed as a hairdresser for about five years. On May 1, 1965 she was united in marriage to Donald Gerlach in Elkton, South Dakota. The couple moved to the Armstrong area in 1969. Madeline passed away on

Madeline was employed at Jack Rosenberg Electric, TG Industries, and with Home Health at various times throughout her life. Madeline enjoyed gardening and attending sporting events.

Madeline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong; where she was a member of the Altar Society and taught religious education classes for 10 years.

Madeline is survived by her husband Donald of Armstrong; her son Anthony (Brenda) Gerlach of Wausau, Wisconsin; her daughters Maria (Deryl) Cunningham of Glen Carbon, Illinois and Kristi Schmidt of West Des Moines, Iowa; and five grandchildren: Abigail, Payson, Ciara, Braylon, and Nyah. Madeline is also survived by her siblings: Peter Peterson, Joan Scheller, Jeannette (Verl) Southwick, Kathryn (Lloyd) Kuder, and Monica (Dan) Lorang, and her brother-in-law Tim Geiske.

Madeline is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Anita Geiske.

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