Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 27, 2013

Helga I. Gerring

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — SOUTH BOARDMAN — Helga I. Gerring, 88, of South Boardman, passed away peacefully April 24, 2013, at home with her loving family present. Helga was born the youngest of six daughters on March 11, 1925, to Soren Mikle and Metha (Raven) Rolle, of South Boardman.

In January of 1944 Helga traveled by train from Chicago, where she worked as a telephone operator during World War II, to DeRiddler, La., to marry Glen W. Gerring. Helga and Glen observed their 69th wedding anniversary on Jan. 14 at their home in South Boardman, where they lived for most of their lives.

Mrs. Gerring worked outside the home for many years until her children were grown. She especially enjoyed jobs that included loving and caring for young children.

She was a 61-year member of the Gardner-Neihardt Unit #463 American Legion Auxiliary, the Community of Christ Church in Traverse City, the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #189 in Manton, the Boardman Area Senior Citizens, and also attended the South Boardman United Methodist Church for many years.

Mrs. Gerring is survived by her husband, Glen; daughters, Greta Sheffer Hall, of South Boardman, and Marilyn Graham, of Sonora, Calif.; son-in-law, Elwin Hall; sister, Grace Wood, of South Boardman; nephew, Robert Evers, of Greencastle, Ind.; sister-in-law, Peggy Gerring, of South Boardman; grandchildren, Michael Sheffer (Teri), Anne Sheffer, Gerrin Graham (Kristen), Hilary Graham, Brett Hall (Happiness) and Amber McGuigan (Jason); great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Soren-Mikel, Braedon and Eowyn Sheffer, Gemma Graham, Quentin, Roman and Hunter Porterfield, and Joshua and Caitlyn Hall; along with 30 nieces and nephews who called her Aunt Helga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Elna Evers, Martha Hull, Agnes Galletti and Helen Johnson; nephew, Jack Evers; and her sons-in-law, Curtis Graham and Robert Sheffer.

Visitation will be held at Kalkaska Funeral Home, 152 S. Cedar St., Kalkaska, on Sunday, April 28, from 4 until 8 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Monday, April 29, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Kalkaska Funeral Home, with final visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Mitchell will officiate. A luncheon will be held at the funeral home following the service. Burial will take place at Boardman Township Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Helga to the South Boardman United Methodist Church, the South Boardman Area Senior Center or to a charity of your choice.

Please leave condolences and memories at Helga’s online guestbook at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.