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Obituary for Delores J. Gehrking

Delores “Dolly” Jean Gehrking, 82, of La Crosse, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Dolly was born on July 6, 1935, in Cornell, Wis., to Elmer and Nancy (Nibbelink) Fitzl. She was raised in the Rockland area and graduated from Bangor High School in 1953. Dolly married Robert Gehrking on Dec. 17, 1961; they moved to La Crosse, where they raised their three children. Dolly worked alongside her parents at the Magic Coin Laundry for many years and after Bob’s retirement, they ran a cleaning business together. Dolly was a dedicated Christian and loved her church and family very much. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dolly is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Robert; children, William (Mary Jo) Gehrking of Pewaukee, Wis., Glenn (Karen) Gehrking of La Crosse, and Julie (Patrick) Steers of Onalaska, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Seth Gehrking, Katelyn (Mike) Coleman, Justin, Tyler, Joshua, Jordan Gehrking, Krystal and Nathaniel Steers, and one great-granddaughter, Ada Coleman; nieces; nephews; cousins; friends; and a dear friend, Maria (Randy) Johnson of La Crescent, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Arlene. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Living Word Christian Church, 2015 Ward Ave, La Crosse, Wis. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church. Pastor Mark Clements will officiate the funeral service. Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at Burns Cemetery, rural Bangor. In lieu of flowers memorial would be preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at