Clarita Glaye Gernetzke

Clarita Glaye Gernetzke, 88, of Kendall went to her heavenly home Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. She was born Oct. 10, 1932, at the Velton Gas Station to Wesley and Carmen (Hutchins) Shore.

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She was a member of the Hillsboro High School graduating class of 1950. Clarita held numerous office positions in both La Crosse and Madison, along with other jobs prior to her marriage to Robert in 1955 and joining him on the family farm, which they purchased from his parents. She was a faithful and devoted member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on South Ridge and enjoyed the many years she taught Sunday school.

She is survived by her children, Henry Gernetzke of West Salem and Amy Gernetzke of Kendall; her siblings, LaVita Fanta, Leon (Diane) Shore, Gary (Trudy) Hutter, and Daniel (Charlotte) Shore; her sister-in-law, Judy Shore; and numerous, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives, and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her siblings, Wendell Shore, Gordon (JoAnn) Shore, Raymond Fanta and Jerome Shore; and a nephew, Larry Fanta.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 297 E. South Railroad St., Kendall. Pastor Larry Neitzel will officiate. Burial will be in South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wellington. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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