Toluca- Stephen Frank Gerdes, 64 of 214 CR 2350 E. Rd., Toluca
away suddenly at 6:30 P.M. Monday, November 26, 2012 at his
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November
2012 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. Father Luke
will officiate. Private family inurnment will be at a later date
Patrick's Catholic Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk
recital of the rosary at 7:00 P.M. and one hour before services on
Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk is assisting the family
Steve was born April 4, 1948 at Bloomington a son of Frank and
Bernice Hayse Gerdes. He married Mary F. McNamara on January 13,
at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk. She survives.
Other survivors include; his mother V. Bernice Gerdes, Minonk; his
sons, Heath Gerdes, Benson, Jason (Jennifer) Gerdes, Walworth,WI,
(Angela) Gerdes, Minonk, Brian (Kristi) Gerdes, Niles,MI, a
Laura (Samuel) Pozzie, Toluca, three brothers; Stanley (Debbie)
Toluca, Phillip Gerdes, Toluca, Bradley (Michelle) Gerdes, Peoria,
sister; Carol (Dana) Thompson, Elgin, nine grandsons and
He was preceded in death by his father, and an infant son,
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk and
Illinois Trappers Association.
He was a retired union laborer and had farmed in the Toluca area.
had a lifelong interest in exhibition poultry and belonged to
poultry organizations. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, gardening
canning. His biggest enjoyment in life was his family, he
spending time with Mary, his children and grandchildren.
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of Dimes. Online condolences or memories may be shared with his
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