Sylvia Irene Gerner,
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,
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
Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery. The Nitardy Funeral
Home is assisting the family;