Georgeann “Gege” Regina Fuerstenberg, age 60, formerly of Winsted, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at her oldest daughter’s home in Avondale, Ariz. due to complications from kidney dialysis.
Many people may remember Gege from S&F Country Bakery, the Kool-it, and Bailey’s Tavern and Grill. She owned and operated these businesses in Winsted, along with her husband, Jeff Fuerstenberg.
For those who knew Gege on a personal level, they will remember her beautiful smile, big laugh, and her motherly ways of showing you how much she cared.
Gege was born Oct. 10, 1947, to Evert and Olive Orvis.
In 1965, she graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Babbitt, Minn.
Gege spent most of her adult life as a small business owner and homemaker. Her fondest memories are the ones she shared with her six grandchildren.
She loved movies and eating popcorn, John Wayne and Patsy Cline, going to the Renaissance Fair, and shopping.
Gege is survived by her three daughters, Lynn Anderson of Arizona, Kimberlee Cartwright (fiancé Chad) of Dassel, and Patty Behrends (husband Peter) of Delano; and her six amazing grandchildren: Nicole Cartwright of Dassel, Justin and McKenzie Rehmann of Howard Lake, and Matthew and Steven Hirsch, and Carter Sheehan, all of Winsted.
She is further survived by her mother, Olive Orvis of Texas; brothers David Orvis (sister-in-law Char) of Colorado, and Charles “Chuck” Orvis of Texas; two nieces, Trina and Terri; and two nephews, Chand and Trent. She also leaves behind her two trusty companions, Coffee and Ruby.
She was preceded in death by her father, Evert, who died May 21, 2003.
Gege was laid to rest during a private memorial service in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Ariz. Twenty white, long-stem calla lilies were released into a natural spring by Gege’s surviving family members.