Sunday, June 28, 2015


AGE:  100  

ADDRESS:  Country Gardens  635 W. Cedar Street Medford; City of Medford Resident; Former Fond du Lac area resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:35 A.M. Saturday, June 27 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 2 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING:  Rev. James Krueger, Rev. Joshua Krieger and Rev. James Babler

INTERMENT:  5:00 P.M. Thursday, July 2 at the Town of Forest Cemetery, Fond du Lac

VISITATION:  10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 2 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 2, 1914 in Freedom, Wisconsin

EDUCATION: Gertie attended schools where her father was a Lutheran Elementary School teacher in Freedom, then Kenosha and finally rural Fond du Lac. She attended Winnebago Lutheran Academy during her high school years.

MARRIAGE: May 27, 1933 to Wilbur J. Vetter and he preceded her in death on September 10, 1988

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: The couple farmed with Wilbur’s parents. Later they sold the farm and moved to Fond du Lac where Gertrude began a career at Sears in Management where she remained until her retirement. Much of Gertie’s life was devoted to family. In addition to working full time, she enjoyed sewing nearly all her own clothes and those of her family, knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed cooking, especially for large family gatherings. After Wilbur’s retirement they traveled extensively, including four trips to Germany and five to Hawaii. She was also an extensive letter writer.

MEMBER OF:  Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford
Past Member: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac and Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Appleton

SURVIVING SON-IN-LAW: LaWellyn (Yolanda) Tesch of Appleton

 DECEASED DAUGHTER: Janet V. Tesch on October 29, 2001

GRANDSON: Dean(Debra) Tesch of Stetsonville

SURVIVING SISTER: Lorraine LaRonge of Fond du Lac

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Gerhardt Rolloff, Earl Rolloff and Elda Ruth Kopitzke


DECEASED MOTHER: Rose Rolloff (Maiden Name: Plamann)

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family that will be designated to Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford, Wisconsin and Zion Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, Wisconsin
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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