Julianna M. Gerken (1936 - 2014)

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INDEPENDENCE – Julianna M. Gerken, 77, of Independence, entered her eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the ABCM Rehabilitation Center's West Campus in Independence, surrounded by her family.
Julianna was born on July 19, 1936, near Petersburg, the daughter of John A. and Irene (Koelker) Dingbaum. She received her education in the St. Joseph's Catholic School in Earlville, graduating from Xavier High School in Dyersville. On Jan. 20, 1959 she was united into marriage to Leo J. Gerken in Earlville. The couple made their home in Independence, where they raised their five children.
She was involved as a chapter chairperson for the American Heart Association, served as a Girl Scout Leader, and volunteered at St. John's Catholic Schools. She loved to cook, sew, read, and follow her children in their various endeavors.
She is survived by her children: Mitch (Shelia) Gerken, Independence; Morris Gerken, Independence; Lisa Tjaden, Omaha, Neb.; Lonie Mezera, Des Moines; and Linda (Mike) Short, Marion. She also survived by ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, three sisters - Veryl Voss, Guttenberg; Dorothy Maiers, Dyersville, and Rita (Jack) Garside, Dubuque; a brother , Lester (Virgie) Dingbaum, Manchester; and a sister-in-law, Eileen Dingbaum, Dyersville.
Julianna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leo in 2008, a sister and brother-in-law; Therese (Bill) Gibbs, and a brother Alver Dingbaum, and two brother-in-laws, Tony Voss and Dixie Maiers.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Don Plamondon officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. Friends called for visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence where a rosary was recited at 3 p.m. and a Parish Vigil Service was held at 7 p.m. Friday.
For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory
216 3Rd Ave Se
Independence, IA 50644
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 20 to Mar. 8, 2014