Gertrude Ethel Meinsen, age 96, of West Burlington, died at home Thursday, October 25, 2018.
She was the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude Johnson. She was a homemaker, seamstress and wonderful, much loved mother.
She loved the time spent with her family, sewing, card games, picnics, traveling and dancing with her husband Bob, who preceded her in death in 1985.
She loved to go for a car ride past the neighborhood where she grew up on Sweeny Street and out through the park and down by the river.
Gertrude is survived by her two sons; James (Susan) Walsh and Philip Walsh; daughter Mary Ann (Pat) Ricks; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert Meinsen, two sons, Michael (Grace) Walsh and Robert Walsh; two sisters, Patsy Delabre and Margaret Bergquist and one brother Karl Johnson.
The Rev. Paul Walker will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Helen Rossi House at the University of Iowa.
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Phil, Mary Anne, Jimmy, Susan . Thankyou all . It was my Pleasure to see Aunt Gert for the last Time. I Loved her Much. Moms last sister. God Bless you All. I wish I could have stayed more then 4 days. And If I didn't need a job, basically get a job or loose my House. No need to Explain. All of you said Don't worry Jeff About attending the Funeral. If I didn't need a Job and have plenty of Extra Cash---I would have cancelled anything to be there. But you and God Knows I wanted to. Thankyou Jimmy Very much for Helping me so much with my ankle. Thanks Susan for the suggestion on Walmart Liquid Advil for my Ankle. Thankyou also Mary Anne. God Bless & Grace all of you . I wonder if John remembers what were were talking about Mary Anne ? Well, Hope and Pray you all Healthy. I joke a lot. Phil knew I made records in short distance races, when I was 13 We raced and Phil beat me by an inch.. And Now I am a Real Turtlle-- But I am Not in a Wheelchair. AOG- Attitude of Gratitude. Have a Great Thanksgiving and Merry Christ-----Mas Amen.. "Just a Suggestion" I do my Very best to Not tell people what to do. Why would I , I am not GOD and that's a Good thing !!! Haha.
So sorry to know of your loss. May the good memories of your mom/grandma remain with you.
I'm so sorry for all the members and loss of Aunt Gert. I sure wish I could have been there. It makes me sad I couldn't make it to my own mom's sister's funeral.
I have so so many fond memories as a little girl at Aunt Gert and Uncle Bob's.
I hope that all goes well now in life for my remaining family relatives as they r adjust without the strength and guidance of Aunt Gert... RIP and see you on the other side...
Jim and Phillip, Sorry for your loss of your Mother. Wish I would have been able to have seen you. Bless you for your memories. Judy Kerr/ Pilkington
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim, Phil and Mary Ann. I did not know your mom, but she had to have been special to raise such great children. Hold your memories close.
Mary Ann, Jimmy and Phil - Sorry to hear about your mom. She was one of a kind. Lots of memories at your house - tons of fun. Great photo - although she looked great not long ago. Gert was like a Timex watch - just kept on ticking. She will be missed. John Stewart
To all the family our deepest sympathy. Thinking of all of you in Arizona. Gloria Walsh Gooch ( Snook and Evelyn's daughter)
I offer the family my prayers and support at this sad time.
Many crazy memories come back visiting with Aunt Gert and the clan! She lived a great life and will be missed dearly... Michael, Tina, Shellie and Daniel send our love and condolences....
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