Lucille M. "Minnie" Gehring (1919 - 2018)

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Lucille M. "Minnie" Gehring, formerly
of Howard, South Dakota and
Englewood, Colorado passed away on
Friday, July 6, 2018 at the age of 98 in
San Antonio, Texas, where she resided
the past five years.
Lucille was born August 17, 1919 in
Howard, South Dakota. The second
child of Albert and Rosa W. (Hildebrand)
Gehring, Lucille grew up on
the family homestead southwest of
Howard. She graduated from Burbank
High School in 1937. Lucille went on
to attend South Dakota State College
at Brookings, South Dakota, graduating
in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Home Economics and later
completed additional graduate studies.
Following WWII, Lucille worked in
what was then the child care center of
the Public Welfare Department of the
City and County of Denver. In 1948,
Lucille transferred to the University
of Denver where she taught preschool
and Kindergarten at the University's
Children's Clinic. Lucille's passion was
teaching and in 1956, Lucille began
teaching preschool and Kindergarten
in the Englewood School District at
Duncan and Cherry Land schools.
In 1984,
after almost
forty years
of teaching
the lives of
hundreds of
her students, Lucille retired. Following
her "retirement", Lucille worked at the
Swedish Child development Center in
Though she resided in Englewood
most of her life, she remained a selfconfessed
"farm girl from Howard,
South Dakota" and made yearly trips
back to the family farm.
Lucille loved to entertain and enjoyed
setting a formal table for her dinner
guests. She graduated from the Jeanne
Stewart School of Modeling Art and the
Arthur Murray International Dance
Studio where she learned ballroom
dance. Lucille loved music, poetry and
wrote a children's book and composed
accompanying music. During her
teaching career, Lucille incorporated
music in her curriculum as a teaching
In real retirement, Lucille loved cooking,
and embarked
on traveling.
Among her
many trips,
she rafted the
Colorado River,
traveled to Israel,
Germany, Australia, New Zealand,
cruised the Mississippi River and
through the Panama Canal.
Keen witted, inquisitive and outspoken,
Lucille always enjoyed keeping
in touch with family and friends. She
read the newspaper daily, watched
television and kept abreast of current
events about which she liked to engage
people in spirited discussions.
In addition to her parents, Lucille
was preceded in death by her sister,
Velma Rose Booze of Madras, Oregon
and brother, Harold Emil Gehring of
San Antonio, Texas and brother, Milton
Lewis Gehring of Sioux Falls, South
Lucille is survived and will be missed
by her niece, Diane Beth Sisk of Madras,
Oregon and nephews, Harold
Erich Gehring and wife Carol of San
Antonio, Texas, John Gunter Gehring
and wife Cookie of San Antonio, Texas;
Douglas Dwyane Booze and wife Pat of
Seattle, Washington and Mark Aaron
Booze of Grand Junction, Colorado;
Phillip Kappen and wife Diana of Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, Paul Kappen and
wife Julie of Mitchell, South Dakota
and David Louis Gehring and wife
Mariolina of Long Island, New York.
Lucille is also survived by numerous
grand nieces and grand nephews. Lucille
will be remembered by all for the
cards they received from her over the
years on birthdays and holidays. She
will also be remembered by family and
friends alike for the delicious stollen
bread and lebkuchen she baked and
sent out each year at Christmas time.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made in her name to South Dakota
State Foundation General Scholarship
Fund, 815 Medary Ave., Box 525, Brookings,
SD 57007.
Funeral Home
Willoughby Funeral Home Inc
301 N Main
Howard, SD 57349
(605) 772-4681
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from July 17 to Aug. 16, 2018