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Kahler-Dolce Mortuary

441 North Washington Street, Papillion, NE

OBITUARY

Joyetta Kay Gerdes

September 3, 1937November 8, 2019
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Gerdes, Joyetta K . “Kay” September 3, 1937 - November 8, 2019

Joyetta K. Gerdes “Kay”, 82, of Papillion, passed away November 8, 2019 She was born September 3, 1937 in Falls City, NE to Hosea Blue and Eva Etta (Roland) Smith. She Married Vernal J Gerdes on August 11, 1956; he preceded her in death. One brother Donald Smith who preceded her in death. Surviving our her three sons, Rodney and Shelly (O’Hara) Gerdes, Bradley and Deanna (Berner) Gerdes both of Papillion, NE, Randy and Anne (Henggeler) Gerdes of Leshara, NE, daughter Ann Marie & (Aurelia Dean) of Wilmington, DE, 13 Grandchildren Ryan, Corey, Codey, Holly, Zachary, Collette, Bodie, Brooke, Cooper, Tyler, Ben, Kristie, Heather and 9 Great Grandchildren. Kay was married to Vernal for 55 years before his passing, who she has missed very much since. They started a business Quality Auto Repair & Towing in 1969 in the Papillion, that has grown over the years and is mainly towing services now that is ran by there sons Rodney & Bradley. Kay worked as a Bookkeeper for Shopko, Imperial Tile and her family owned business. She loved traveling and some of the places she visited was Hawaii, Vegas, Chicago, New York, Delaware, Philadelphia and Montana. She was a member of Overland Hills Church in Papillion and her organ group at Critchetts, where she had a lot of friends who she loved to go on outings and socialize with. And most of all she loved spending time with her family, she always enjoyed when the grandkids would visit especially when they would bring their babies to see her. She would light up any room she entered and always had a smile and a hug for everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by all. A visitation will be Thursday, November 14 from 6 - 8 PM at Kahler- Dolce Mortuary, 441 N. Washington Papillion, NE 68046. Funeral Service will be Friday, November 15th at 10 AM at Overland Hills Church, 11151 S. 90th St., Papillion, NE 68046. Interment at Fairview Cemetery in Papillion, with the luncheon following back at Overland Hills Church.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan O'Hara, Pallbearer
  • Codey Gerdes, Pallbearer
  • Bodie Gerdes, Pallbearer
  • Brooke Gerdes, Pallbearer
  • Cooper Gerdes, Pallbearer
  • Tyler Shelby, Pallbearer
  • Ben Shelby, Pallbearer
  • Holly O'Hara, Pallbearer
  • Zachary Gerdes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Corey Gerdes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Collette Gerdes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kristie Watson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Heather Cappellano, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

Memories

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Melissa Gullach

November 14, 2019

I will always remember Kay's laugh and how she always had fun whatever she was doing. I am sure she is at rest with her lovely husband. My heartfelt condolences for all the Gerdes family.

Daniel Baker

November 12, 2019

Aunt Kay was always kind to everyone. Small things tickled her like a card, an invite to a show, a family get-together for any occasion. She was always smiling and welcomed you when you arrived. She’d tell a loving memory about the farm days. These are the things I think of when I think of Aunt Kay.

Teri Ulett

November 12, 2019

Kay had a special gift of making one feel accepted. The first time I spoke with her, I remember thinking that it felt like we had been friends for years! She always gave me her full attention as if what I had to say was important to her. What a kindness that is!

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