Former Sturtevant resident Laurel Gehrig, 92, has passed away. She was living in Ripon at the time of her death.
An obituary notice in the Ripon Commonwealth Press lists the date of her death as April 22.
Neighbors from Laurel’s neighborhood in Sturtevant still refer to her old home as “Laurel’s house” even though another family is filling it with their memories.
“Laurel was a greatly loved community member,” Theresa Ailes told Racine County Eye. “She was an active member of Saint Sebastian’s Catholic Church for many years, and when I hear people refer to her old house as Laurel’s house.”
Laurel will be laid to rest at a later date at West Lawn Memorial Park on Washington Avenue.
Here is the full obituary:
Laurel H. Gehrig, age 92, of Ripon, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Prairie Place in Ripon. Laurel was born on October 31, 1923 in Racine, WI, the daughter of Frank and Ida (Belanger) Newton. She was united in marriage to Verne Gehrig on September 13, 1947 in Sturtevant, WI. He preceded her in death in October 1985.
Laurel is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Bruce) DeBoer of Ripon; one grandson, Benjamin (Melinda) DeBoer of Appleton; two great-grandchildren, Liam and Margaret of Appleton; one sister, Valerie Keyes of FL.; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Verne; two brothers: Francis and Gregory Newton; and two sisters: Faythe Klinkhammer and Mary Henes.
Inurnment for Laurel will be held in West Lawn Memorial Park, Racine at a later date. Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon is proudly serving the family. divinepassagefunerals.com.