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Gertrude Stephens

Gertrude Stephens

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BLOOMINGTON - Gertrude Anna Kerber Stephens, 91, formerly of 20 Woodruff Drive, Bloomington, died at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2006) in Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy and the Rev. Carl LoPresti officiating. Burial will be in Hudson Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Additional visitation will be one-half hour prior to the funeral Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Church or to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home.

Gertrude was born Jan. 20, 1915, at home, in Fletcher, a daughter of Bernard C. and Helen Geske Kerber. She married W. Glenn Stephens on July 21, 1951, in Merna. He died Dec. 8, 1975.

Surviving is one brother, John B. Kerber of Meadows; two nieces, Kathy (Paul) Johnson and Cynthia (fiance Mike Clock) Garner, all of Bloomington; four great-nieces, Elizabeth (Mark) Atchason, Katherine Johnson, Jennifer Garner and Jaclyn (Andy) Jenks; and two great-great nephews, Owen and Colin Jenks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister-in-law, Kaye Kerber.

Gertrude was a 1933 graduate of Trinity High School and received her teaching certificate from Illinois State Normal University. She taught in country schools; Diamond School from 1934-37; Lincoln School from 1938-50; and taught third grade at Cooksville in the Octavia School District from 1950-57. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church and its Altar and Rosary Society; Daughters of Isabella; Young at Heart Club; and the Illinois State Retired Teachers Association. She was a volunteer for the Holy Trinity Funeral Brunch Group. She enjoyed playing in several card clubs with her friends from the Merna area. She was an avid gardener and cook with homemade pies her specialty.

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