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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Betty Gerke

Betty Gerke (Macomber)

Sunday, October 4th, 1936 - Friday, December 20th, 2019
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Betty Jane Gerke, 83, passed away on December 20, 2019 at the Sanford Care Center, Vermillion, SD. Betty was born on October 4, 1936 to Everett & Argona (Oldenburg) Macomber. Betty married Ernie (Al) Beals on November 7, 1953. To this union three children were born, Ernie, Kathy and Debbie. On July 6, 1973 Betty married James B. Gerke.

Betty lived most of her life in the state of Michigan where she worked various jobs, but was most proud of her employment at General Motors for the better part of twenty-five years. Betty loved animals and music. When she was sixteen years old she sang, along with her sister Virginia (Ginger), on a regularly scheduled program with radio station WMUS in Muskegan, MI. Betty was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and when her health permitted, she proudly explained her faith and hope to others. No one was a stranger to Betty.

She is survived by her sisters, Verna Saito, Vermillion, SD, Ginger (Clifford) Mehrer, Sioux City, IA and Darlene (James) Morgan, Hopkins, MI. And a brother, Everett (Clara) Macomber, Wayland, MI. She is also survived by her son Ernie (Brenda) Beals, Anderson, CA, daughters, Kathy (Ed) Haen, Nisiski, AK and Debbie Polfir, Kenai, AK along with eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00PM at the Kingdom Hall located at 609 Kennedy Street in Vermillion.
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    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
    609 Kennedy St.
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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Dawn Jensen

Posted at 12:45am
Ginger and Verna and families I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a sister. Love and Prayers

Jennifer LaMie

Posted at 01:03pm
Jeramie's Aunt Betty loved our dog 2T. She played with her and wore a scar from 2T's nails when they played too hard once. I loved her love of animals, someone who loves animals that much is right up there to me.
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