OBITUARY

Judith Ann Gerken

March 13, 1941November 29, 2019

Judith Ann (Buelt) Gerken passed away peacefully November 29, 2019 surrounded by her loving husband of 57 years and seven children. Judy was born March 13, 1941 in Ottumwa, Iowa to parents Bernard (Ben) and Marita Buelt. Judy graduated from St. Bernard's High School in Breda, Iowa in 1959 and St. Catherine's School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska in 1962. Judy married LeRoy Gerken on September 15, 1962 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Breda, Iowa. LeRoy and Judy moved to Breda in 1975 and raised seven highly successful children who blessed them with 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. LeRoy and Judy retired to Columbia, Missouri in 2006 to be near family.

Judy was a devout Catholic, loved reading, sewing and cherished spending time with her large family.

Judy is survived by husband, LeRoy; son, Todd Gerken (Jodie), Parkville, MO; daughter, Beth Arey (Tracy), Columbia, MO; son, Scott Gerken (Tamara), Sharpsburg, GA; son Jeff Gerken (Jennifer), Lithia, FL; son Brian Gerken (Jody), Apollo Beach, FL; daughter Leigh Lewis (Ben), Seward, NE; daughter Rachel Mallett (Chad), Columbia, MO; mother, Marita Buelt, Carroll, IA; sister Shirley Friigard (Marvin); brother David Buelt (Erin); sister Donna Donovan (Dan); brother Mark Buelt (Joanne); grandchildren, Carter Arey (Laura), Bennett Arey (Alexis), Anderson Arey, Nathan Lewis, Rilee Arey, Avery Lewis, Cole Gerken, Jack Gerken, Ellie Mallett, Alex Gerken, Samuel Gerken, Emma Mallett, Max Gerken, Casey Gerken, Henry Lewis, Finley Lewis, Owen Gerken; great grandchildren Eleanor Arey, and Hunter Kate Arey.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ben Buelt.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 6, 2019

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Casey Congel

December 2, 2019

Casey Congel

December 2, 2019

Casey Congel

December 2, 2019

Casey Congel

December 2, 2019

It was so great to have many of the Gerken family together for Brian's 50th. Everyone can see the love in their family...it is truly special. Mrs. Gerken has left an amazing legacy of love.

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