Karen K. Gertsch, 78

Karen K. Gertsch, 78, of the town of Cedarburg passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, 2009, at Cedar Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cedarburg.

She was born July 6, 1931, in Milwaukee, daughter of James and Katherine Ellis Van Altena. On June 14, 1958, she married Eugene Gertsch at Fox Point Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fox Point.  He preceded her in death in 2006.

Mrs. Gertsch was a member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg. She enjoyed gardening, doing crossword puzzles, reading, cooking and baking, enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

She is survived by three sons, John of Salem, Ore., Bill (Sue) and David of Cedarburg; two grandsons, Matt and Ryan; Davidís special friend, Rosalinda, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held today, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, preceded by a gathering of family and friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of your choice are appreciated.