Arlys Gerlach

Arlys Gerlach

Arlys M. Gerlach (nee Gatz) was born February 29, 1928 in Fort Ripley, Minnesota to Edward C. and Leona I. (Kubasch) Gatz.
She was raised in Upsala, Minnesota and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended Brooten High School. She married Norman H. Gerlach, Sr. on November 2, 1945 in Webster, South Dakota. After marriage they lived in Minneapolis for 14 years. She was a stay at home mom and enjoyed every minute of it. In 1959 they purchased a farm in Elk River where she ran the day to day operations because Norman commuted to his job at Pillsbury Mills. In 1984 they moved to Askov, Minnesota for two years before moving to Wyanett Township, near Princeton, in September, 1986. In 1998 she moved to Elk River and lived with her daughter Lori and son-in-law John Norgren, for 15 years, before moving to a nursing care facility in March of 2013.
Arlys was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Elk River. She enjoyed cooking and baking, reading, crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest joy.
Survivors include her children and their spouses: Ramona and Ray Doebler, Lorayne and John Norgren; Norman Jr. and Betty; Rodney and Cheryl; Keith; Kent; Kevin and Jean; and son-in-law Harold Dobel; 18 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and two on the way; and two brother, Earl (Joyce) Gatz, and Marlyn (Dorothy) Gatz; and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; daughter, Ardyce Dobel; grandson, Chad Gerlach; sister, Myra Gerlach, and her parents.
Arlys passed away Monday night, April 7, 2014, at the Monticello Care Center, at the age of 86 years, 1 month and 10 days.
Memorial Service Monday, April 14th, 2014; 11:00AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church 1506 Main Street NW, Elk River. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church.
Memorials preferred to the CAER food shelf, Watson Avenue, Elk River MN 55330; or Emmanuel Lutheran Church 1506 Main Street NW, Elk River MN 55330

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