Mary Lou (Lengerich) Gaerte

September 14, 1945 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 76)


Mary Lou (Lengerich) Gaerte, 76, of Avilla, passed away on November 3, 2021, at Parkview Randallia Hospital. 

Born in Decatur, on September 14, 1945, to the late Elmo and Genneva (Smith) Lengerich.

She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1963. Following high school, she received her nursing degree from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1966.

Mary married "KP" Kevin Gaerte on October 1, 1966. He preceded her death in 2002.

She was a registered nurse at several hospitals around the area during her nursing career.

She is survived by her one daughter, Barbara (Guy Benson) Gaerte; three sons, Matthew (Cheryl Stover) Gaerte, Dean (Mary Lynn) Gaerte and Ben (Trisha) Gaerte; five grandchildren, Diamond, Mikaela, Autumn, Dean Jr. and Aaron; three great-grandchildren, AJ, Clarity and Marcus; her brother, Dave Lengerich; two sisters, Linda Fuhrman and Carol Bierschwale.
Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at Sheets and Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco Chapel, and one hour prior at the church.

Funeral services will be 11:00a.m., Monday, November 8, 2021, at Blue River Covenant Brethren Church, 3040 E. 700 N., Columbia City, IN 46725.

Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery.
Memorials to Blue River Covenant Brethren Church.

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November 7, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home - Churubusco
206 North Main Street
Churubusco, IN 46723

Funeral Service
November 8, 2021

11:00 AM
Blue River Covenant Brethren Church (N. Columbia City)

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