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1933 ~ 2012
78, of Montrose, CO, died May 6, 2012 doing what he loved, "gardner/farmer at heart," as he was trimming the roses. His heart gave out after fighting COPD (Emphysema) for 7 yrs. Joe was born in Iliff, CO. A barber for 46 yrs., Army Veteran, Bronco fan, Charter member of the Elk's. We have lost a very special, gentle, loving, tender man. Joe married Shirley Raisch in 1957, she died in 1998; they had 4 children, Gary and Doug (Kathy) of Arvada, Lori Garofalo (Ron) of Centennial, Stephanie died as an infant. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Cooke Gertner, step-children; Shad Thayer of Lakewood, Wendy Thayer of Aurora, Kris Thayer of Cazadero, CA.; 3 step-grandsons; Chandler and Parker Thayer, Troy Kreh; 13 granddaughters; 3 great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; 5 sisters and 1 brother survive, 3 sisters predeceased. Visitation will be 4-8pm on Sun., May 13th. Funeral Mass will be May 14th 2012, at 2pm at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, 12801 West 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Joe Gertner to Westminster Elk Lodge #2227, 3850 Elk Dr., Westminster, CO 80030.
Published in Denver Post on May 11, 2012