Geraldine Klapperich, age 88, of Wausau died Monday, March 21, 2022, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Wausau.
Gerry was born in Wausau on July 21, 1933, the only child of the late Carl and Esther (Sillars) Eggebrecht. She married Gene Klapperich on May 14, 1955, at St. Stephen Church in Wausau. Upon her graduation from Wausau High School, Gerry worked at Wausau Public Library, Employers Mutual Insurance, and Wisconsin Valley Trust Company. As their children got older, Gerry returned to her passion for books by working as a Library Aide in the Wausau School District for 20 years. She loved helping children on their journey toward a love of reading and learning. During retirement she and her husband shared a crossing guard position for the Town of Rib Mountain. Gerry also spent five years working in the office of Colonial Manor. She volunteered her time in many ways through Trinity Lutheran Church, especially with the quilting ministry and at the Bethesda Thrift Shop.
Gerry enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, embroidery, reading, spending time with Gene up north at the cottage, and taking long weekend trips with Gene around the state and surrounding areas. She loved attending her grandchildren’s local sporting and performance events. Her calendar often included lunch with cousins, afternoons with her “Chuckles” girls, or dinner with longtime church friends. Gerry especially loved hosting family gatherings when the children from out of town came to visit.
Gerry is survived by her children, Barbara (Greg) Senn of Portales, NM; Jeffry (Jeanne) Klapperich of Wausau, and Sandra (Dan) Ocker of Green Bay. Gerry is further survived by her grandchildren, Anne (Dan) Booker, Laura (Scott) Welge, Jennifer Senn, Michael (Katie) Klapperich, Adam (Tonya) Klapperich, Jacob Senn, Sharon Doll, and Nathaniel (River) Ocker. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Nathan, Miles, Seth, and Ezra, and sister-in-law Joan Seehafer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her infant daughter Susan, and her grandson-in-law Michael Doll.
The family would like to thank the teams of Wellington Place and Aspirus Comfort Care for helping to keep Gerry happy and healthy. Special thanks also to Jeff P. for being such a great neighbor.
Her Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, WI 54401. The Rev. Timothy Smith will officiate. Visitation will take place from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at a later date at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.
Helke Funeral Home, Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements. You may leave messages and condolences for the family by visiting helke.com.
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