Gerta Luise Elias, 92, passed Saturday March 15, 2014 at Anderson Hospital Maryville, Illinois. Native of Gosnitz Germany born October 4 1921. Emigrated from Stuttgart Germany in 1952 to seek a better life after WW II to Glen Carbon.
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Gerta married Emil Elias March 16, 1954. Emil passed February 21, 1988.
She was also preceded by her parents Oscar and Luise Rothe, brothers Andreas, Fritz, Max, and Arno Rothe. Sisters Nora Ziegenbalgand and Adeleid Matthes. Uncle and aunt Otto and Jenny Rothe.
Surviving are her sons and daughter in law Reinhard Elias, John and Sharon Elias of Edwardsville. Brothers Martin Rothe of Glen Carbon and Johannes Rothe of Meerane Germany. Many nieces, nephews and cousins
Gerta operated the "Country House Restaurant" from 1954 to 1987 in Glen Carbon where the home cooked food was known through out the area.
Gerta loved to travel to Germany to see family, friends and homeland that she dearly missed.
Visitation will be at Trinity Lutheran Church Edwardsville, Illinois Thursday March 20, 2014 9-11 am. Services will be at 11 am at the church.
Suggested memorial is the Trinity Lutheran Church, Edwardsville Il.where she was a member.
Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery Edwardsville, Illinois.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2014