Gertrude M. Boldt

Gertrude M. Boldt, 95, of Tripoli, died Thursday, August 24, 2017, at Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating. Interment will follow at Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 27th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding the services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made in her name to the Grace Lutheran Church, Tripoli Nursing & Rehab, or Cedar Valley Hospice. 

Gertrude Marie Ella daughter of August and Hilda (Bergman) Brase was born May 15, 1922, at the family home in rural Plainfield. She received her education in the country schools in Douglas Township #3, rural Plainfield. On October 10, 1943, she was united in marriage with Elston Boldt, at St. John Lutheran Church-Western Douglas. To this union six children were born. For one year they lived in three rooms of Elston’s parents home. Following that they rented farms in the Tripoli area until purchasing their farm southwest of Tripoli in 1960. In addition to helping on the farm, Gertrude worked at an egg packing plant, received a degree as a Nurse’s and Med aide from Hawkeye Community College, home health aide, and housekeeping for the Kehe family. In 1975, the couple retired from farming and moved in to town. She was a long time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli and Deborah Circle. Gertrude enjoyed dancing, gardening, sewing, helping ladies in church with quilting, and recently spent her time coloring and working on puzzles.

Gertrude is survived by her three sons, Darwin (Estella) Boldt of Frederika, Lonnie Boldt, and Neal (Carol) Boldt both of Tripoli; three daughters, Judy (Floyd) Fowlkes of Tripoli, Joyce (Darwin) Fecht, and Jennifer (Ralph) McCready both of Allison; twenty-nine grandchildren; fifty-three great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Margaret Kemming of Waverly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elston on April 23, 2015; three brothers, Walter, Helmuth, and Edgar; and one sister, Hilda.


Chris Pitz on August 28, 2017 at 7:47 PM said:

My sympathies to the family. Gertrude, I will miss our little talks at night when I was tucking you in for the night. You could always make me smile!
Brad & Kim (Baldwin) Bunce on August 28, 2017 at 9:51 AM said:

Our deepest sympathies to the family.
Jackie Lobeck on August 27, 2017 at 11:47 AM said:

So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Judy & Johnny Osier on August 27, 2017 at 6:43 AM said:

We are thinking of you and your family as you tend to the rituals that honor your Mother's life.
Judy (O'Connell) Schwartz on August 26, 2017 at 3:03 PM said:

Judy -- so sorry to hear if the loss of your mother. Blessings sent to you.
Sharon & Gary Johnson on August 26, 2017 at 12:34 PM said:

Thinking of you. Pray you are comforted by the hugs and love received from family & friends. Our sincere sympathy.
Larry & Diana Judisch on August 26, 2017 at 12:10 PM said:

So sorry for your loss, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry and Cheryl Meier on August 26, 2017 at 11:31 AM said:

Darwin and Stella and family. So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We will not be able to attend services but you will be in our thoughts. Take care.
darlene wooley jellum on August 26, 2017 at 11:12 AM said:

sorry for your loss you are in my prayers
Darlys Schulz on August 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM said:

Joyce and Family Sorry for your loss. your mom was a nice lady and will surely be missed by many. Many thought of Sympathy go out to you and your family your in our heart and prayers.
Yvonne & Jerry Nichols on August 26, 2017 at 9:37 AM said:

Joyce & Family,
So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. It is never easy to lose your mother. Cherish your memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gene /Kathy Peters on August 25, 2017 at 10:45 PM said:

So sorry to hear! Thoughts and prayers for your whole family.

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