October 17, 2013


Marcella "Sally" Gehrke, 94, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll with the Rev. Timothy Schott presiding. Gift bearers will be Mary Hoeft, Elaine Keating and Barbara Havlik. Lector will be Amy Shannon. Eucharistic minister will be Sandy Sabelka. Music will be "How Great Thou Art," "You Are Mine," "Here I Am, Lord" and "Prayer of Saint Francis," with Marcy Anderson, accompanist. Casket bearers will be Tom Keating, Jeramy Burgart, Dave Shannon, Dick Burgart, Stan Dalhoff and Jeff Dalhoff. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Ohde Twit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Clara "Sally", daughter of Frank and Bertha (Testroet) Burgart, was born July 15, 1919, at New Hampton, Iowa. She attended school in Shell Rock and then graduated from St. Boniface High School in Ionia.

On June 28, 1952, Sally married Loyal Gehrke at Kansas City. They moved to Carroll to make their home nearer her mother and brothers. Loyal was on the police force, and they operated a venetian-blind store for a number of years. Then Sally started working as the clerk at Joe's Paint, where she remained for 37 years. She developed a special friendship with Joe and his family. In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards and collecting elephant figurines. Sally was a member of the Moose Lodge and an avid reader.

After Loyal died, Sally remained in Carroll until 2005 when she moved to Charles City to Riverside Assisted Living. When her health began to fail she became a resident at Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Barbara Havlik, Joan (John) Hill, Mary Hoeft, Richard (Suzanne) Burgart, Elaine (Tom) Keating, Tom (Dorann) Burgart, Dan (Jennifer) Burgart and other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her husband; parents; brothers Hubert Burgart, Cletus Burgart and Joe Burgart; and sister Leona Hardin.