Hannelore Gerdes, 85 of Rhinelander, passed away on May 10, 2012, at Taylor Park Nursing and Rehab. She was born on Aug. 7, 1926, in Germany, to Henry and Else Meier.
Hannelore was raised and attended schools in Germany. She met her future husband, Alfred Gerdes, during World War II when he was stationed in Germany. In 1947, she came to the United States where she and Alfred were married and they celebrated 64 wonderful years together. During that time, they raised three children, Martin, Monica and Else. The family operated a farm in Merrill until the farm was lost in a tornado and they then moved to Rhinelander.
She traveled to Germany several times to visit family but considered herself a homebody at heart. Hannelore continued to speak and read German. She loved visits with her family, gardening especially working with flowers, working around her home and yard, was an excellent baker, and also enjoyed needlework. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Hannelore is survived by her husband, Alfred Gerdes of Rhinelander; a son, Martin (Christine) Gerdes of Rhinelander; two daughters, Monica Quirin of Geneva, IL and Else (Dave) Melin of Iron Mountain, MI; two grandchildren, James (Jessica) Gerdes and Jason Gerdes; a brother, Heinz Dieter Meier of Germany; and a niece, Christine (Brad) Platt. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Guenter Meier.
Funeral services for Hannelore will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Carlson Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the church.
(Carlson Funeral Home)