Wilfred G. Gerhartz
Wilfred Gerhartz of Owatonna died February 26, 2019 at Birchwood Cottage of Owatonna. Mass of Christian burial is set for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 am Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends may greet the family on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral liturgy.
Wilfred was born April 26, 1928 in Meyer, Iowa the son of William and Mary (Werner) Gerhartz. Wilfred attended country school in Mitchell County, Iowa. He farmed with his father after high school and later purchased the family farm and continued to farm until 1969. Wilfred relocated to Owatonna and went to work for Wickes Lumber in 1970 and continued there until his retirement in 1991. He was united in marriage to Sheryl Sonberg in 1953 they later divorced. He was a member of Owatonna Eagles #1791and Sacred Heart Church. His life interests included bowling, fishing trips to Canada with his friends and family, traveling, carpentry work and cooking.
Wilfred is survived by his children David (Susan) Gerhartz of Owatonna, Brenda (Kent) Thompson of Perham, MN, Gwen Jacobson of Rochester, MN, Pam (Dan) Carty of Medford, MN, Gregg (Rachel) Gerhartz of Pequot Lakes, MN. Shareen (Scott) Marshall daughter of Sheryl of Minneapolis, MN. 13 Grandchildren and six Great-Grandchildren. Brother Clem Gerhartz of Brockton, MA. Wilfred was preceded in death by an infant son Joseph, granddaughter Rachel Thompson, one brother and one sister. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the donor’s choice.