Gertrude Ann Lyrek, age 89, of Waverly, passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, with her family by her side.
She was born June 27, 1927, in Winsted, the fifth of 11 children born to Alois and Louise Remer.
Gertrude attended Holy Trinity School in Winsted up to the eighth grade. After finishing school, she worked at the local creamery and various other jobs until her marriage.
Gertrude was united in marriage to Edward Joseph Lyrek Oct. 28, 1947, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Ed and Gert were blessed with 10 children.
Gert was a homemaker her entire marriage. She always had a large garden and did a lot of canning and baking to feed her family. She also worked side-by-side with her husband and children on the farm.
Gert babysat for many of her grandchildren over the years. She was a faithful, dedicated, and prayerful woman; and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly since 1954.
Gertrude is survived by her children: Gordon (Sue) of Watkins, Geraldine (Larry) of St. Louis, MO, Christine (Tim) Schaar of Montrose, Mary (Chad) Mikalunas of Morrisville, NY; Edward, and Robert, both of Montrose; and daughter-in-law Judy Lyrek of Eaton, NY.
She is further survived by 23 grandchildren: Joseph Lyrek, Wayne Lyrek; David Lyrek and Lisa Bizzell, Brian Lyrek and Lynn Charette, Ben Webber, Travis Schaar, Sarah Schaar and Hannah Schaar, Aaron Dooley and Jesse Liddle, Tasha Blake, Michael Welter, Gabe Lyrek, Matt Lyrek, Jon Lyrek, Zachary Lyrek and Alexis Lyrek, Cordarrel Lyrek, Amber Lyrek, Dillon Lyrek, and Brandon Lyrek; and 26 great- grandchildren.
Also surviving Gert are her siblings: Roseanne Moore, Margaret Huhn, Eileen Berron, and Walter Remer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed in 2006; children Katherine, David, Jeffrey, and Lawrence; sisters Isabel Lindberg, Eleanor Birkholz, Marie Getz and Agnes Yurek; and brothers Ronald and Raymond Remer.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service; and continued Wednesday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the parish center, prior to Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.