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Doris A. Gerber, 97

Doris Adelle Gerber, age 97, of Cokato, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the home of her niece, Dianne Zitzloff.

She was born Aug. 18, 1919, in Middleville Township, to Walter and Alice (Beckman) Melquist.

Doris grew up on the Melquist farm, attended grades one through eight at Melquist country school, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1936.

Following graduation from high school, she went on to attend beauty school in Minneapolis that fall. She came home in the spring, and went to work for Freda Olson. Doris worked there a year, then started her own beauty shop in Cokato.

In 1942, Doris took the train to Ft. Ord, CA, to marry her sweetheart, Leo Gerber, soon to be sent to the Pacific Theater. They were married Dec. 11, by Chaplin Stout. Doris returned home to wait for four years while Leo finished his time in military service.

When he returned, they made their home in an apartment above Moberg Motors in Cokato. In 1950, they purchased the farm, where Doris stayed even after Leo’s death in 1992.

Doris was a hard worker, and loved the farm. She was a good cook, and her specialties were fudge and potato salad.

Most of all, she loved her Lord and her family.

Doris is survived by a son, Rick (Marcia) of Aitkin; daughter Ronette (Martin) Badalucco of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren: Anne (Jerry) Daniels, Mark (Molly) Gerber, Jill (Travis) MacLeod, Kerrie (Brian) Rovito, and Kellie Badalucco; and great-grandsons Beckett MacLeod, Crosby MacLeod, and Jacob Rovito.

She is further survived by her brother, Virgil Melquist; and sisters-in-law Helen Melquist, and Esther Olson.

In addition to her husband, Leo, Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Alice Melquist; brothers Wally Melquist, and Lloyd Melquist; sister-in-law Lucille Melquist; and nephew Loren Melquist.

Her funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, followed by interment in the Cokato City Cemetery. There was visitation at the church before the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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