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Gertrude Fogarty 1925-2009

Jan 20, 2009

A Mass of Christian Burial for Gertrude “Gertie”?Fogarty of Cylinder was Saturday, Jan. 17, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Celebrant was the Rev. Clem Currans.

Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, Gertrude Fogarty passed away at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. She was 83.

Gertrude Eucharius Kliegl was born June 29, 1925, on the family farm northeast of Emmetsburg where she was raised. She was the daughter of John Adam and Margaret Ann (Conway) Kliegl. Gertie graduated from Country School #5 of Palo Alto County.

On Oct. 29, 1946, Gertie was united in marriage to Daniel Fogarty at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. The couple made their home on a farm near Cylinder. Together, Gertie and Dan farmed for many years.

Gertie worked at the U.S. Post Office in Cylinder where she became Post Master. Following her retirement, Gertie traveled to Des Moines to work in the Iowa Legislature with Dan at the Iowa House of Representatives.

Gertie was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary, V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Red Hat Society and the Cylinder Women’s Club. She enjoyed spending time volunteering at the Multipurpose Senior Center. Gertie was a very giving person. She was always ready to help someone in need. She will truly be missed by those that knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sisters, Opal Korleski and Virginia Currans, both of Emmetsburg; two brothers, George Kliegl and his wife, Evelyn and Larry Kliegl and his wife, Leola, all of Emmetsburg; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terrance and Bridget Fogarty of Emmetsburg, Martin Fogarty of Cylinder, Rosella and Don Rosacker of Ruthven, Esteleen Fogarty of Cylinder and Jack Fox of Omaha, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Fogarty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dan; four sisters, Theresa Kelly, Josephine “Dode” Fitzgerald, Marge Wright and Ellen Kliegl; and three brothers, Robert, John and Joseph Kliegl.

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