Orvilla Elizabeth Lydia Gebhardt, 89, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at Glencoe Regional Health. Blessed be her memory.
Orvilla Elizabeth Lydia (Hedtke) Gebhardt was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Camden Township, Carver County. She was the daughter of Fred and Aletta (Schurmann) Hedtke.
Orvilla was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth April 14, 1946, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany.
Orvilla received her education at the parochial school in New Germany, and graduated with the Central High School Class of 1950, in Norwood Young America.
After her graduation, she resided in Hutchinson, where she made several lifelong friendships while working as a waitress at the Hutch Café.
Orvilla was united in marriage to Emmert John Gebhardt at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany Oct. 30, 1956. MN.
Orvilla and Emmert made their home on Emmert’s family farm near Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Jane, Alan, and LeAnn. They shared more than 35 years of marriage together, until Emmert passed away Oct. 20, 1992.
Orvilla was a loving housewife, and assisted Emmert on the family farm.
Orvilla was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
She enjoyed planting and caring for her flowers, gardening, and traveling. She enjoyed reading and learning about religion, politics, and historical events.
She was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, and she loved listening to her favorite radio programs.
She loved to be social, and she treasured her time spent with family, friends, and others she met in the community.
Orvilla is survived by her daughter, Jane Gebhardt of Hutchinson; daughter, LeAnn and son-in law, David Kurth of Burnsville; granddaughter Coryn Kurth of Burnsville; brother, Alvin Hedtke and his wife, Shirley of New Germany; sister, Myra Nagel and her husband, Gerald of Belle Plaine; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Orvilla is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Aletta Hedtke; husband, Emmert Gebhardt; son, Alan Gebhardt; brother, Donald Hedtke and his wife, Evangeline; sister, Joann Hedtke; sisters-in-law and brothers- in-law, Cleora Rolf, Albin and Mildred Stenzel, Gordon and Audrey Stenzel, Marcella and Ortwin Ostlie, Cordella and Alvin Schultz, and Loren Gebhardt.
A graveside service for Orvilla’s family and close friends will take place Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lester Prairie. Due to limited seating, please bring a chair if needed. Pastor Joshua Arndt will be the officiant.
Memorials are preferred to Aveyron Homes, (222 5th Ave. NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350) or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (77 2nd Ave. S., Lester Prairie, MN 55354).
Arrangements are by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.