Gerda A. Taitt

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 at United Presbyterian-Congregational Church in Ashland for Gerda A. Taitt of Ashland. Gerda passed away at the age of 103 on Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Darrel Robertson will officiate the funeral service. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. at the church on Wednesday, prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ashland. Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland is making the funeral arrangements.

Gerda was born on April 20, 1903 in Minneapolis, Minn., daughter of John W. and Ellen (nee Torgerson) Nelson. She attended schools in Mason and Ashland. Gerda was confirmed and on June 20, 1922 she married John Taitt at Saron Lutheran Church in Ashland. She worked a few years at Tillie’s Children’s Shop in Ashland. Gerda and John then moved to Thiensville, where they were original members of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon. After her husband’s death in 1958, Gerda moved to Cedarsburg to live with her daughter Dorothy for eight years. While living in Thiensville and Cedarburg she worked at Winkie’s in Whitefish Bay.

Gerda was well-known for her needlework and craft work, especially the hundreds of dolls, doll furniture and other toys which all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as other relatives and friends, received. She was also an avid Cubs and Packers fan.

Gerda was a 74-year member of Chequamegon Temple No. 40 Pythian Sisters and a longtime member of the United Presbyterian-Congregational Church of Ashland.

Gerda is survived by her daughter Dorothy Marks of Ashland; and daughter-in-law Charlene Taitt of Minneapolis, Minn. Gerda is further survived by 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two special nieces Joyce Erickson and Charlotte (Chuckie) Nye (both of Ashland); and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gerda was preceded in death by her husband John; her parents; sons John Jr. and Thomas Taitt; daughter Margueritte (Midge) Peterson; sisters Nora Erickson and Eveleth Beyer; brothers Julius and Alfred Nelson; sons-in-law Leonard Marks and Clyde Peterson; sister-in-law Blanche Nelson; and granddaughter Jean Marie Marks.

Memorials to United Presbyterian-Congregational Church or Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center are appreciated.