Gaertner, Katherine Ruth, James Township, Michigan

Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011 at home at the age of 90 years. The daughter of the late Herbert and Ruth (Jones) Papst was born on June 14, 1921 in Saginaw. She married Clarence A. Gaertner on April 14, 1945; he survives her. She worked for Wagner’s Grocery and O’ttersky’s Drug Store. She was an active member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, having been president of the Altar Society and working at funeral luncheons. Katherine was also a member of the League of Catholic Women, Catholic Study Club, and the James Township Election Board. She also enjoyed playing cards, quilting, and watching the Detroit Tigers. Surviving besides her husband, Clarence are their children; Clarence “Sonny” (Nancy) Gaertner II of Muskegon, MI, Dorothy (Harold) Kretz of Saginaw, Susan Gaertner of Saginaw. Six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; Brenda (Marty) Wilson and their children; Katherine and Nicholas; Brian (Jaime) Kretz and their children; Jocelyn, Julia, and Jeremiah; Eric Gaertner and his son, A.J.; Doug (Anne) Gaertner and their children; Abbi and Amelia; Christi (Adam) LaFond and their children; Aiden and Alaina; Jeff (April) Gaertner and their son Junior. She also leaves a brother-in-law, Robert Yurgens and an aunt; Helen Trinklein. Katherine was predeceased by twin granddaughters; Lisa and Lori Gaertner; three sisters; Shirley Cutting, Betty Papst, and Ruth Yurgens. Funeral liturgy will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 4735 W. Michigan Ave. Fr. John Johnson will officiate with burial at St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, on Monday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. where a vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday at church, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church or the Arthritis Foundation.