STERLING – Gerda A. Ukena, 85, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling.
She was married to Herman J. Ukena, who preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2011.
Gerda was very strong in her faith and lived a godly life. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. She was known for her home-cooked meals and generosity, often making meals for, or offering a lending hand to, family, friends, and strangers. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, and worked years doing home health care and volunteer work. She touched a lot of lives and had unconditional love for her family, who will miss her greatly. She had a great sense of humor, and her mottos to live by were “Keep Looking Up” and “Speak Well of Others.”
Survivors include three daughters, Margret, Linda, and Helen; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one brother.
She also was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Brandon Nelson officiating. Burial will be at East Genesee Cemetery in Sterling.
A memorial has been established.
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