Gertraud “Gertie” Lund, 83, of Harris, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at her home.
Gertraud Elfriede Helene Lund, nee Otto, was born Aug. 10, 1929 in Rugenwalde, Pommern, Germany as the second daughter of Paul and Elfriede Otto nee Mielke. She had two brothers, Helmut and Siegfried Otto, and one sister, Annie Jaiser nee Otto. All are gone to be with the Lord. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith and attended the elementary school Rugenwalde, in Germany. Due to World War II, she could not learn her desired profession as a clerk. She lived under the Polish government until 1950, and then came to what was called West Germany and worked as a maid.
In 1959, she met her husband, James S. Lund. He was a soldier and stationed in Fulda, Germany. On Aug. 31, 1960, they were married in Fulda, Germany. Jim went to the Lord Nov. 6, 2008. Gertie came to the United States in 1961, and became a citizen in 1968. She and her husband lived on their farm for 23 years. They sold the farm and bought a house in rural Harris, where she still lived until her death. She became a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rush Point in 1981. For over 30 years, she was the Good Cheer person. She was a member of the LCW and the Miriam Circle.
She loved children and supported the Sunday school. She enjoyed flowers, traveling, shopping and dogs. She would always take the opportunity to thank her “adopted children” Vikki and Tim and family for the love and tremendous support in good and bad days. Vikki was there for her in her darkest hours.
Thank you Vikki. Also, thank you Jackie and Paul Lund. Jackie knew Gertie well and felt so sorry for her. Well, Jackie, Gertie is going to the Lord. There are no more tears. Also, thank you so much to Ron Fleischhacker, Kathy and Jim Cade for your love and friendship.
The Lord bless you richly.
Gertie is survived by my “little man Tiny,” adopted children Tim and Vikki Donnay and family; Paul and Jackie Lund; three sisters in law; Jackie Lund; Hannelore Otto; Lois Eaves; 24 nephews and nieces; a brother-in-law, Paul Lund, and friends.
Gertie is preceded in death by her husband Jim Lund, parents Paul and Elfriede Otto, two brothers, Helmut and Siegfried Otto, and sister Anni Jaiser.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 at Calvary Lutheran Church at Rush Point with Rev. Keith Kolzow officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge. Marian Eklund, accompanied by Janice Johnson will sing “Children of The Heavenly Father”. Urn bearer will be Corbin James Lund. Honorary urnbearers will be Ron Fleischhacker, Jim Cade, Tim Donnay, Lorne Lund, Lance Lund and Phillip Donnay. Interment will be in Calvary Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.