Gertrude Carlson, 88, of Bancroft, NE passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Wisner Care Center in Wisner, NE. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE; Pastor Phillip Hale will be officiating. Burial will be at the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, NE. Visitation will be Monday, January 20, 2014 at Munderloh- Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE.
Gertrude Ella Lydia Kloth was born on November 14, 1925 in Beemer, NE to Herman and Clara (Fullner) Kloth. She was baptized on December 13, 1925 and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at Zion Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE. She married Roy W. Carlson on April 22, 1945 at Zion Lutheran Church, Wisner, NE. Roy and Gertrude farmed in the Bancroft area all their lives. She was involved at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, for many years through Altar Guild, teaching Sunday School, and attending Bible Class. Her family was her greatest joy. She loved to play cards and enjoyed going to the Senior Center. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, and made many afghans and quilts for the family.
Gertrude is survived by her children, Dennis Carlson, and his wife Jill of West Point, NE, Karen Soenksen, and her husband Lyle of West Point, NE, Karlene Gruoner and her husband David of Linn, KS, Roy E. Carlson and his wife Jennifer of Bancroft, and 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Miller and husband Troy, Michelle White, Steven Soenksen and wife Lynnette, Christopher Carlson and wife Jamie, Amber Bridges and husband Daniel, Rebecca Gruoner and friend Darwyn Thomlinson, Timothy Carlson and fiancée Shawna Clark, Andrew Carlson and wife Kristin, Amy Carlson and friend Ryan Govlik, and Joshua Gruoner, along with 10 great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Kenan, and Erica Miller, Taylor, Kelsey, and Brandon Carlson, Zachary, Ella and Hayden Bridges, and Addison Carlson. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Alice Blanknagel, and Doris Olson and husband Lloyd, and brothers-in-law Marvin VonSeggern and Ernest Carlson and wife Christy, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy, her parents, brothers and sisters, several brothers and sisters-in-law, and Kevin White, husband of Michelle White.