Dean Stanley Gerlach

Jan. 22, 1941 - April 3, 2012

Dean Stanley Gerlach, 71, of Palmyra, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Fairhaven Nursing Home, Whitewater. Dean was born Jan. 22, 1941, to the late Stanley and Helen (Kinateder) Gerlach in Palmyra.

Dean married the love of his life, Anna Marie Valentine at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater on Sept. 16, 1961.

Dean was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church in Palmyra. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and shooting trap. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. Dean worked for Golden Guernsey Dairy for more than 37 years.

Dean is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anna Marie of Palmyra; his children, Diana Gerlach of Baraboo, Jeffery and Eric Gerlach of Palmyra and Jody (Mike) Sorge of Eagle; his five grandchildren, Meghan (Ray) Koscak, Caitlyn Gerlach, Jared Kinjerski, Bryce Gerlach and Jackson Sorge; and one brother, Joseph (Karen) Gerlach of Palmyra. He is further survived by other relatives and many, many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Honey Linton; and an infant brother, Brady Scott.

A memorial gathering will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, April 11, at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 320 W. Main St., Palmyra, with the Rev. Brian Wilk officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made in Deanís name to the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.

Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 495-2127, is serving the family. For the online guest registry, please go to