Georgia M. Gitch

Georgia Marie Gitch, 79, of Sumner, died Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Lynn Groe officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 13th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be made in her name to St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner or to the family for later designation. 

Georgia Marie, daughter of Rudolph and Marie (Weidler) Mikes, was born February 22, 1938, near Fredericksburg on the family farm. She received her education in the Fredericksburg Schools and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1956. While in high school, Georgia excelled in music and basketball. Upon her graduation, she received her teaching certificate from Wartburg College and would later receive her Bachelor’s Degree. Georgia taught for a year at Monona before being united in marriage with Jerry Gitch on August 2, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. She would continue her teaching career at Fredericksburg before finishing her career at Tripoli. Georgia was a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, where she was an active member of the church choir, which she loved. She also enjoyed various crafts including sewing and stamping, spending time in Minnesota at Lake Kabetogama, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Georgia is survived by her husband, Jerry of Sumner, daughter, Kelly (Rick) Gardner of Muscatine; four grandchildren, Tanner (Lauren) Gardner of Muscatine, Molly (Alex Laban) Gardner of Cascade, Nolan (Emily) Gitch of Waukee, and Lauren Gitch of Polk City; one great-grandchild, Kinsley Jensen; and one sister, Barb (Harold) Diemer of Hawkeye.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Stuart; one sister, Darlene; her father-in-law, Alvin Gitch; and mother-in-law, Beth Gitch.


Kathy and Jim Burr on December 18, 2017 at 1:06 PM said:

Kelly and Jerry, we're so sorry to hear of Georgia's passing. As your next door neighbor on Fridley Drive back in the 60's and early '70's, we remember such a happy and friendly lady who was quick to smile and help. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Aaron O'Day on December 14, 2017 at 2:47 PM said:

Very sorry for your loss. Georgia was my second grade teacher in Fredericksburg -- always enjoyed 'kiddin' with her that I was her best student !!
Darla Olson on December 13, 2017 at 7:57 PM said:

Georgia was indeed a very special lady, and she loved her stamping! I feel very blessed that she chose me to be her friend. As a friend she was a rare find and I shall miss her terribly! I admired her pluck. I loved her sense of humor and lovely smile. I cannot imagine the loss you feel. I pray that God will fill your hearts with all the wonderful memories to bring you joy in your sorrow.
Waunita Brunscheon on December 13, 2017 at 1:29 PM said:

Georgia was such a happy person with a wonderful smile on her face. They always say to surround yourself with people that are positive and that was certainly Georgia. I will miss her smile and her laugh. She was a wonderful friend!!!
Judy Pederson on December 13, 2017 at 9:11 AM said:

I have such wonderful memories of Georgia. Of she and her mom, Marie, coming to Minnesota to our family reunion. Also, of the family reunions we attended in Iowa. She made us feel welcome among many people that we barely knew. Our sympathy to you Jerry and Kelly.
Marlene Ostby on December 13, 2017 at 6:01 AM said:

Mrs. Gitch was able to touch the lives of many, myself included. She allowed me to volunteer in her classroom while I was in high school and inspired me to earn my own teaching degree. She had such a warm personality and sweet spirit about her. May warm memories comfort each of you during this time!
Wilma (Stevens) Mizanoski on December 12, 2017 at 6:06 PM said:

Sending my deepest sympathy....will always remember Georgia's sweet smile and warm personality!!
Susan (Waterman) Lienau on December 12, 2017 at 3:52 PM said:

My sympathies to you. I just wanted to tell you that though I haven’t seen Mrs. Gitch in many many years, she must have impacted my life in some way because I have thought of her many times. I always think of how kind she was to me in first grade at Tripoli. I always remember her beautiful smile and soft caring heart. I was just telling my son about her today, two hours before I learned of her passing. THANKYOU Mrs. Gitch for all the young people’s lives you made a difference in. May you Rest In Peace. ??
RICK KERR on December 12, 2017 at 1:02 PM said:

Dawn Holm on December 12, 2017 at 8:55 AM said:

So sorry to hear this. She was one special lady that touched the lives of many little ones along the way. May she rest in peace knowing she was loved by many young old.
Jan Rigdon on December 12, 2017 at 7:56 AM said:

I am so sorry for your loss Jerry and your family,
Kathy Gitch on December 11, 2017 at 7:47 PM said:

What a special lady. We always laughed about when she would babysit me and my sisters.
Jerry, Kelly and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember all of your good times.
Judy Zupke on December 11, 2017 at 7:44 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to the Gitch family, Georgia was a wonderful lady. Thoughts and prayers!
Mike and Nancy Petersen on December 11, 2017 at 5:55 PM said:

Jerry and Family, Our sympathy to you all=Georgia was a talented woman who will be missed by so many. God's peace be with you.
Karen Ellsworth on December 11, 2017 at 5:26 PM said:

Jerry & Family,
I enjoyed my visit with you and Georgia last spring at your home. My family have fond memories of Georgia she was the greatest always had a wonderful smile. God Bless.
Brittany Kuecker on December 11, 2017 at 4:31 PM said:

Georgia will be miss I remember she made me write the longest word ever supercalafraclisexpealicedorces in first grade u where the best first grade teacher u will be missed until we meet again
Karen Huckstadt on December 11, 2017 at 1:12 PM said:

Jerry, I was so sad to hear about Georgia today. This makes our summer visits .... Meeting for lunch in Gunder even more special. I cherish our lunches that we had and all of the fun, memories, and laughs. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. My last sibling, Geri passed away 2 weeks ago so I know this makes a difficult holiday season. Love always, Terry & Karen Huckstadtt7

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