Sylvia Irene Gerner, 91


Sylvia Irene Gerner, 91, of Fort Atkinson passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 31, 1922, the daughter of Alex and Mary (Gutschenritter) Fickert in Theresa. Sylvia graduated from Hartford Union High School in 1939. After receiving her teaching certificate from Dodge County Normal School she taught for two years.

Sylvia married Willard E. Gerner at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno on July 24, 1945. Willard preceded her in death on July 27, 2007.

Together they farmed in the West Bend area until 1955 when they moved to Oakland Township outside Fort Atkinson and continued farming. They owned a large registered Milking Shorthorn herd and exhibited their show cattle throughout the years in many different states. In 1989 they retired from dairy farming but continued to grain farm in partnership with their son, Jeffrey, for several years thereafter. Sylvia was a member of the Farm Bureau, State and National Milking Shorthorn Association, PDCA and Christian Women’s Association.

She is survived by her children: Jerold E. (Donna) Gerner of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Eugene W. (Sandra) Gerner of Tucson, Ariz., Donna M. (Donald) Damrow of Juneau, Phyllis A. (Patrick) Agnew of Oconomowoc and Jeffrey B. (Monica) Gerner of Fort Atkinson; 15 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Marie Yogerst of Hartford and Faye (Bruno) Landini of Milford, Mass.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, a brother: W. Ferdinand Fickert and a sister: Nadeane Yogerst A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson with the Rev. Brian Wilk officiating. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. at the church until the time of service.

Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery. The Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family; www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.