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Geraldine Scharf

Geraldine F. Scharf

Gerry Scharf of Granton passed away on Thursday, June 13th, 2024.  Geraldine Fay Elmhorst was born July 5th, 1939 to Christine and Frederick Elmhorst of Loyal, WI. Gerry graduated from Loyal High School in 1957. She worked for a year as a nursing assistant until she met the love of her life Donald Scharf whom she married in 1958.  She was his devoted wife for 44 years and mother to their 6 children.  Gerry prided herself on being a stay-at-home mom until she returned to work as a CNA in 1987 at Neillsville Care & Rehab, formerly known as Memorial Medical Center-Sunset Gardens. Gerry absolutely loved her job caring for the nursing home residents until her retirement in 2014. She touched so many lives with the compassionate care she provided and the bright light she would bring into any room. During her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets, traveling and working in her flower garden. She was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton. She also attended services and Bible study at North Ridge Church in Marshfield. She spent her last four months under the care of the amazing staff at North Shore Healthcare, formerly known as Marshfield Care Center. Gerry made lots of new friends while she was there and loved all the activities and social opportunities they provided.

Gerry is survived by her children, Alan Scharf of Marshfield, Faye (Jack) Friemoth of Granton, Tami Scharf of Granton, Dona (Daniel) Vargas of Rochester, NH, and Dyan (Wayne) Friemoth of Neillsville;  Grandchildren Dana & Shelly Klein, Dawn & Jamie Gallagher, Deann & Jamie Hanson, Devin & Kaitlin Klein, Brandon & Becky Young, Jeff and Megan Young, Jerry Young, Austin & Chiaki Friemoth and Sarah, Matt & Alex Brundidge;  Great grandchildren Carter & Hudson Hanson, Abigail & Kelsey Gallagher, Isla, Enley & Ronen Klein and Lucas, Ethan & Haylie Young.; Siblings Fritz (Margo) Elmhorst of Clearwater, Florida, Cathy Winter of Greenwood, Tom (Jeannie) Elmhorst of Albuquerque, NM and Barbara (David) Bendlin of Milton. She is also survived by her best friend Puggles of 15 years and her two cats, Tommy & Gerry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don, her son, Gary Scharf and siblings David and Marcia.

Funeral Services for Gerry will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at the Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton, WI. Pastor Daniel Zimmerman will officiate the service, and Shelby Niskanen will provide music. Interment will be in the Zion American Lutheran Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Neillsville American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jeff Young, Shelly Klein, Jamie Gallagher, Jamie Hanson, Austin Friemoth, Alex Brundidge and honorary Pallbearer Devin Klein.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Clark County Humane Society.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Gerry’s family with funeral arrangements.

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