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After 90 years and l47 days, a strong heart stopped beating and a very active and fulfilled life came to an end - Gertrud Frerking died peacefully on Aug. 29, l996 after a short illness.

Typically, she accomplished her goal to reach her 90th Birthday.She was born on April 2, l906 in Stettin, Germany, the daughter of Gustavand Bertha Backhaus Schmidt. She married Heinrich Frerking in March ofl928 in Diepholz, Germany. He preceded her in death in l950 after a long illness. Gertrud courageously continued managing the family business until she decided to come to the U.S. to join her mother who was visiting the United States when World War II erupted, preventing her from returning to Germany. Gertrud Frerking was a devout member of the LDS Church. Her faith, and the fellowship of the German-speaking LDS Ward were tremendous sources of strength and pleasure for her. One of her greatest joys in life was her ability to travel: to see and experience many parts and cultures of our world.

She is survived by two daughters: Elena Bauer (Adolph) of Duxbury, Massachusetts; Annelie Rathke (Klaus) of Salt Lake City; her only grandson, her pride and joy, the apple of her eye: Nicholas Rathke; extended family: Walter Rathke; Karin Rathke and sons Tom and Chris; sister: Charlotte Zander, Salt Lake City; three nephews in Salt Lake City; four nieces in Germany.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 3, l996 at 2 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Friends may call Monday atLarkin Mortuary, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, one hour prior to service. Interment, Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East l300 South.

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