Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend Gertrude (Tootie) Koecke went home to her heavenly father on September 4, 2021 at the age of 102. She passed away at Prairie Maison where she has resided for the past 8 years. Gert was a faithful woman who loved her lord, family, church, and community. Gert was born to William and Amelia (Rose) Lenz on January 12, 1919. Gertrude attended Harris Ridge School. She was a caregiver her entire life beginning at an early age. She took on chores and jobs for the neighbor where she grew up. She married Harold Lippman and to this union her two sons were born. They were her greatest accomplishment. She later married Everett Koecke the love of her life on July 19, 1966. She then gained another son and 2 daughters. They made their home in Prairie du Chien where Gert worked for Dr. Dessloch at the General Hospital until it closed. At that time she worked at the Prairie Convalescent Center until her retirement. She is survived by her son William (Betty) Lippman, stepson Wayne (Jan) Koecke, step daughter Janie Kaster, brother in law, Karl Mockrud, sister in law, Erla Lenz, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Dennis Lippman, step daughter, Georgia Thompson, brothers, Charlie, William, George, and Dale Lenz, and sister, Delores Mockrud.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, Pastor Miranda Klosterboer officiating with burial in the Wauzeka Cemetery in Wauzeka, WI. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. At this time we wish to thank Prairie Maison for their wonderful care they provided for the last 8 years. Gert always had a kind heart and a compassionate heart. She loved her family, friends, co-workers, and her caregivers. May she rest in peace. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.
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