Geraldine Gaedke

Geraldine Gaedke, 82, of Algona passed away Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. Funeral services were Tuesday, April 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona with the Rev. Eric Hauan officiating. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Irvington.

Geraldine "Gerri" Ruth Gaedke, the daughter of Ralph and Agnes (Pfeffer) Witham, was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Algona. She graduated from Mallard High School in 1955. On Oct. 20, 1956, Geraldine married Daryl Gaedke in Estherville. They moved to Algona in 1957. Gerri worked at Coast to Coast, Daylight Donuts, sold Avon and Stanley Home Products and farmed with Daryl. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and garden, watching the birds, decorating for the seasons, meeting people at Daylight Donuts and working on the farm with her family but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Gerri loved to attend all her grandchildren’s events, and there was never a birthday she missed.

Left to cherish Gerri’s memory are her children, Alan (Cindy) Gaedke of Algona and Linda (Jason) Henning of Carrboro, N.C.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Linda (Tom) Lang of Clarks Grove, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Daryl in 2018; daughter, Deb Gaedke in 2019; infant daughters, Jean and Joan; sister, Elisabeth Bjorklund; and brothers, David, Richard and Robert Witham.

The Lentz Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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