Ilene J. Gerdes Aug. 14, 1928 - Sept. 25, 2017

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Glenvil resident, Ilene Joyce (Tjarks) Gerdes, 89, passed away Monday, Sept.  25, at her home surrounded by her children. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 2, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil with Rev. Rob Garton officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Visitation was Sunday, from 1–8 p.m., with the family present from 3–7 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Glenvil Ambulance. Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com. Ilene was born Aug. 14, 1928, to George and Dena (Kahman) Tjarks near Glenvil, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil. She received her education at Willowdale rural school and graduated from Glenvil High School. Before her marriage, she was employed as a nurse’s aide at Mary Lanning Hospital. After her marriage to Frank Gerdes on Jan. 25, 1948, she became a full-time farmer’s housewife and mother. She is survived by her children, David (Joy) Gerdes; Ellen Koger; Marlys (Gary) Schmidt and Michele (Dan) Brandenburger; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Eugene (Dolores) Tjarks; Myron (Mary) Tjarks; sisters, Delores Merkel; Frances Schliep and Barb (Steve) Sadd; sisters- in-law, Ila Tjarks and Lydia (Don) Beckenhauer and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents; sister, Lorna and brother, Delmar.

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