Laurelda Gadke
Laurelda Gadke

Obituary of Laurelda Teresa Gadke

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Laurelda “Laurie” T. Gadke, 95, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Three Oaks Health Services, Marshfield, Wisconsin.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal with Rev. Leo Johnson officiating. Committal services will be held privately by family at a later date.


Laurelda was born on August 6, 1926 in Chilton, Wisconsin to Paul and Teresa (Tilger) Tremmel. She was united in marriage to Louis Gadke on November 26, 1949 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Marshfield. Together they farmed and raised their family near Loyal. In 2014, they celebrated 65 wonderful years together.


She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal.


Her favorite pastime was reading from her extensive and ever-growing library. She enjoyed knitting, crochet, sewing, making dandelion wine, decorating wedding cakes and saving the frosting flowers for her grandchildren with a side of dried apples and banana chips. Get-togethers with family and friends was high on her list. She spent many happy hours, with her husband, as members of the Czech Singers and going polka dancing with friends. Together, they dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to spread holiday cheer. Decorating inside the house for the holidays was a priority, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Laurelda is survived by her four children: Louis (Mima) Gadke, Jr. of Corby, England, Kerris (Sharon Geiger) Gadke, Christopher Gadke and Marilyn (John) Bauer, all of Loyal; four grandchildren, Stacey Gadke of Corby, England, Ashley (Ashley) Gadke of Madison, Kurt (Kelly) Bauer of Chili and Shannon (P.J.) Rueth of Loyal; nine great-grandchildren, Daniel Grant, Londyn, Ava and Hudson Gadke, Kacie, Haley, and Cheyenne Bauer, and Gauge and Cameren Rueth and one sister-in- law, Audrey (Arnold) Gadke.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Gadke, Sr. in 2015; an infant daughter, Marion Frances (Joyce); an infant son, Fredrick James; sisters, Marguerite Tremmel, Myrtle (William) Weis, Madelyn (Emil) Mech and Evelyn (Warren) Franz; brothers, Kenneth (Helen), Ralph (Joan), and Harry (Dorothy) Tremmel; brothers-in-law: Ray (Catherine) Gadke, Kenneth (Birdelia) Gadke, John (Lois) Gadke, Arnold Gadke, Robert (Bessie) Gadke, Henry (Doris) Gadke Jr. and sisters-in-law, Marie (Wilfred) Pinter, Ella (Kenneth) Sherman, Emma (John) Lee, Edna (Alfred) Baker and Dorothy (James) Balfanz.


Laurelda’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Please visit to share thoughts and condolences.

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