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Manna "Marian" Grace Gerdes

March 21, 1929 January 20, 2010
Manna "Marian" Grace Gerdes
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Obituary for Manna "Marian" Grace Gerdes

Worthington, Minnesota

     Manna “Marian” Grace Gerdes, 80, was born on March 21, 1929, in Rushmore, MN. She was the daughter of John and Henrett (Helmers) Veen. Manna married Ernest Gerdes on March 12, 1947, in Worthington, MN, where they resided until her death. She worked for 19 years at Campbell Soup Company in Worthington until she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Manna enjoyed her grandchildren, reading, and watching the Minnesota Twins. She also enjoyed working with her flowers and caring for her dog, Tory. Manna was a strong believer of the Lord. Manna died on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
     Manna is survived by her husband, Ernest Gerdes of Worthington, MN; eight children, Ruth (John) Sparks of Horn Lake, MS, Paulette (Ronald) Bass of Worthington, MN, Gary (Judy) Gerdes of Worthington, MN, Cheryl (Ronny) Schuett of Worthington, MN, Patricia Damon of Rushmore, MN, Kevin (Linda) Gerdes of Windom, MN, Carla (Peter) Schoon of Long Lake, MN, and Michele Hartman of Kasson, MN; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one sister, Jenny (Harvey) Everding of Worthington, MN, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, three sisters, and one son-in-law.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., at Solid Rock Assembly Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Scott Peterson officiating. Casket bearers will be Scott Bass, Shannon Bass, Jason Gerdes, Elliott Schoon, Jacques Damon, Justin (Jay) Larson, and Josh Schroeder. Honorary bearers will be Rachel Nordling, Dana Larson, Erica Lovestrand, Tabitha Hartman, Trinity Hartman, Manna Damon, Terry Lee Dunford, April McMaster, and Rebecca Childers. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN, and on Monday, January 25, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Solid Rock Assembly Church in Worthington.

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