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Madeline Gerlach Aug. 4, 1943 - Oct. 26, 2017

October 29, 2017
Estherville News

Mass of Christian Burial for Madeline Loretta Gerlach, 74, of Armstrong, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong with Father Merlin Schrad officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Elkton, S.D. Madeline passed away on Oct. 26, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30 at the church in Armstrong.

Madeline Loretta (Peterson) Gerlach, daughter of Alvin and Myra (Luze) Peterson, was born on Aug. 5, 1943, in Hendricks, Minn. She graduated from high school in Elkton, S.D., in 1961. Madeline then attended beauty school in St. Paul, Minn., and was employed as a hairdresser for about five years. On May 1, 1965, she was united in marriage to Donald Gerlach in Elkton, S.D. The couple moved to the Armstrong area in 1969.

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Madeline was employed at Jack Rosenberg Electric, TG Industries, and with Home Health at various times throughout her life. Madeline enjoyed gardening and attending sporting events.

Madeline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong; where she was a member of the Altar Society and taught religious education classes for 10 years.

Madeline is survived by her husband Donald of Armstrong; her son Anthony (Brenda) Gerlach of Wausau, Wis.; her daughters Maria (Deryl) Cunningham of Glen Carbon, Ill., and Kristi Schmidt of West Des Moines; and five grandchildren: Abigail, Payson, Ciara, Braylon, and Nyah. Madeline is also survived by her siblings: Peter Peterson, Joan Scheller, Jeannette (Verl) Southwick, Kathryn (Lloyd) Kuder, and Monica (Dan) Lorang, and her brother-in-law Tim Geiske.

Madeline is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Anita Geiske.

The family performs memorial donations to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



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