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Ilene Joyce (Tjarks) Gerdes
Aug. 14, 1928 - Sep. 25, 2017
Glenvil resident, Ilene Joyce (Tjarks) Gerdes, 89, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017, at her home surrounded by her children.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 2, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil, NE with Rev. Rob Garton officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Visitation will be Sunday, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., with the family present from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, NE.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Glenvil Ambulance.
Ilene was born August 14, 1928, to George and Dena (Kahman) Tjarks near Glenvil, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil, NE. She received her education at Willowdale rural school and graduated from Glenvil High School. Before her marriage, she was employed as a nurse’s aide at Mary Lanning Hospital. After her marriage to Frank Gerdes on January 25, 1948, she became a full-time farmer’s housewife and mother.
She is survived by her children, David (Joy) Gerdes; Ellen Koger; Marlys (Gary) Schmidt and Michele (Dan) Brandenburger; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Eugene (Dolores) Tjarks; Myron (Mary) Tjarks; sisters, Delores Merkel; Frances Schliep and Barb (Steve) Sadd; sisters-in-law, Ila Tjarks and Lydia (Don) Beckenhauer and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents; sister, Lorna and brother, Delmar.
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