Survivors include her five children: Sandy (Gary) Moeller of Des Moines, Iowa; Sherry (Jerry) Kramer of Dallas, Texas, Debra Kruse-Hart of Dallas, Texas, Randy (Angie) Kruse of Salem, Iowa and Diane (Harry) Daugherty of Marion, Iowa; eight grandchildren: Brad, Heidi, Sean, Arielle, Charles, Sheldon, Jeromy and Christopher; seven great grandchildren; two sisters: Rosie Ping of West Point, Iowa and Ceil Kruse of Donnellson, Iowa. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: LeRoy; three sisters: Martha, Ruth and Marietta and two brothers: Joe and Barney.
Gertrude was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Houghton where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was former member of St. Ann’s Daughters of Isabella. Gertrude worked at Sheaffer Pen Co. in Fort Madison and Mt. Pleasant Wal-Mart. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, talking to others, music, cooking, baking, the family farm and spending time with her grandchildren.
Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Houghton where family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. that evening. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Houghton with Father Bruce DeRammelaere as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory for the Holy Trinity Catholic Schools Music Boosters.
Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.
On-line condolences to the family may be made at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.