Geraldine "Gerry" Fern (Harem) Krage, 86 of Winona went home to be with The Lord on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at Sugar Loaf Assisted Living.
Gerry was born on June 29, 1931 in Pickwick, Minnesota to Omer and Dorothy (Davis) Harem. In Gerry's younger days she enjoyed growing up on the family farm in Pickwick. Gerry was a former Miss Pickwick, as well as former Winona Winter Carnival Queen. She also enjoyed working as a nurse's aide at Winona General Hospital, other Winona businesses and American Greeting Cards.
Gerry met George W. Krage Jr. on a blind date and they married on October 13, 1951 in Winona, Minnesota. They made their home in Winona and enjoyed 56 wonderful years together. He preceded her in death on November 9, 2007. While being a devoted wife and mother, she also was very active in her faith community. She hosted countless bible studies, was involved for many years in the Winona Women's Christian Fellowship and taught generations of children about Jesus in Sunday school. She is remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, cook and baker. Gerry cared deeply for others and was a loving caregiver to her family and neighbors and spent many years volunteering for Hospice.
Gerry is survived by and will be deeply missed by her children Vicki Krage of Rochester, MN, Lori (Nick) Edstrom of Winona, Mark (Vicki) Krage of Lake City, MN, David (Amy) Krage of Parrish, FL, Paul (Cheryl) Krage of Winona and John (Amy) Krage of Arcadia, WI; grandchildren Krystal Ohlhaber, Mark (Sarah) Krage Jr., Kate (Kevin) Shedd, Jenny and Jason Edstrom, Brice Banner, Dylan and Kyle Krage, Caleb and Mason Krage, and Hannah Krage; great grandchildren Olivia and Avery Ohlhaber; Brothers and sisters Allen Harem, Joyce (Darrel) Johnson, and Bruce (Jan) Harem; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack (Dorothy) Krage, Pat Krage, Ruth Davis, Marylou Harem, Bonnie Aldinger; aunt, Irene Hodgdon, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, and members of the faith community.
Gerry is preceded in death by her husband George, her parents, her sister Maureen Aldinger and her brother David Harem, her brothers-in-law, Gaylord Aldinger, Leighton Krage, Charles Radechel, Earle Davis, James Young; her sisters-in-law Susan Young and Nellie Harem; nephew, Keith Krage and great-nephew, Bradley Harem.
A celebration of her life will be 11:30 a.m., Saturday October 14, 2017 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview. Bob Elam will officiate. Visitation prior to the service will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Burial will be at the Pickwick Cemetery, Pickwick, Minnesota. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Winona Area Hospice Services, The Pickwick Cemetery,The Alzheimer's Association or charity of choice.
Gerry's family would like to thank Winona Area Hospice and Sugar Loaf Assisted Living for their loving care of Gerry.
Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Gerry, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute at www.hofffuneral.com.
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