LITTLE FALLS -- Gertrude C. Scherping, 87, Little Falls, formerly of Swanville, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
She was born March 1, 1915, in Spring Hill to Bernard and Mary (Hiltner) Wolbeck. She attended country school. She worked as a housekeeper for several families in the area. She married Gotthard F. Scherping on April 28, 1942, in Spring Hill. The couple began dairy farming in the Freeport area until 1949. They moved to the Farming area and dairy farmed until 1960 when they settled in Culdrum Township, near Swanville, and farmed until 1965. She worked at Jennie-O Foods in Melrose from 1970 until retiring in 1980. She continued to live on the family farm until ill health caused her to become a resident of the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls in 1999. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Swanville.
Survivors include three sons, Alvin Scherping, Swanville, Victor Scherping, Long Prairie, and Lambert Scherping, Little Falls; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Alfred Wolbeck, St. Cloud, Leonard Wolbeck, St. Cloud, and Martin Wolbeck, St. Cloud; and a sister, Francis Schneider, Meire Grove.
Her husband, two daughters, Geraldine and Clara Scherping, four brothers, Albert, Leo, Edwin and Bernard Wolbeck, and six sisters, Veronica Schmitz, Appolonia Fleischhacker, Theresa Sunders, Christine Nordman, Marie Theischafer and Rose Wolbeck, died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church in Swanville with the Rev. Bernie Gruenes officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call from 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the Shelley-Gibson Funeral Chapel in Swanville.
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