Gertrude M. Lentz
January 13, 1914 ~ September 22, 2008
Gertrude M. Lentz, 94, of Elma, Iowa passed away peacefully with all of her children by her side, on Monday September 22, 2008 after a brief illness. Gertrude Marie Lentz was born January 13, 1914 in rural Elma the daughter of Edward and Helena (Diederich) Freidhof. She attended St. Williams School in Alta Vista and graduated from St. Williams High School in 1931. On May 4, 1937 she married Charles N. Lentz at St. Bernards Church in Alta Vista. They rented and farmed near Elma on the Lentz family farm from 1949 till Charles' death in 1971, when Gert moved into Elma. Gert was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Rosary Society. She was active in the choir and past president of the Dubuque Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women for more than twenty years. She was also in the Friends and Neighbors Club, participated in the congregate meals in Elma, was a resident advocate and volunteer at the Colonial Manor nursing home in Elma, a member of the Senior Citizen Club of Elma, her Bridge Club, participated in Mission Sewing, and she was on the advisory council of North Land Agency on Aging. Gert enjoyed traveling to Rome and the Holy Land, Egypt, Canada, and many places in the USA. Her hobbies included: playing Scrabble, gardening, sewing, embroidering, quilting, crocheting afghans, oil painting, cake decorating, playing cards and talking to her family on the phone. Gert was employed by the Comprehensive Systems/Cottage for ten years. Gert is survived by eight children Linus (Elsie) Lentz of Elma, IA, Charlotte (Robert) Sweeney of Chicago, IL, John (Sandra) Lentz of Elma, IA, Daniel (Dena) Lentz of Mill Creek, WA, Sister Bonita Lentz RSM of Cedar Rapids, IA, Rose Mary (Thomas) Walsh of Lewisville, NC, Michael (Robin Fishman) Lentz of Albuquerque, NM, and Joseph Lentz, of Freeport, IL; 25 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; four brothers Adrian (Helen) Freidhof of New Hampton, IA, Fabian (Berenice)Freidhof of Elma, IA, Cyrus (Jeanne) Freidhof of Alta Vista, IA, and Robert (Lorraine) Freidhof of Ridgeway, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-laws Lavern Lentz of Fairfax, IA and Robert Brennan of Waterloo, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Charles N. on August 19, 1971; her brother Jerome Freidhof in 1944 (Battle of the Bulge), her sister Edith Schmitt-Heit in March of 2008, her grandson David Lentz, and a brother and a sister in infancy. Cemetery: Interment will be in Calvary Cemeteryat Elmawith Steve Lentz, Jeff Lentz, Andy Lentz, Tony Lentz, Mark Sweeney, Paul Sweeney, Jim Walsh and P.J. Walsh serving as casket bearers. Honorary bearers will be Joe Sweeney, Don Sweeney, Edward Sweeney and Tom Walsh. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 8:00PM on Thursday, September 25, 2008 with a 5:00 pm scriptural wake service and a rosary at 7:00pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00am, Friday, September 26, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant. Theresa Burke will be the organist and the congregational hymns will be Here I Am Lord, Prayer of St. Francis, Gentle Woman, Ave Marie, Precious Lord Take My Hand and Be Not Afraid.