Juanita Rose Gerhardt

Services for Juanita Rose Gerhardt, 68, Lawrence, will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Ms. Gerhardt departed her earthly life at home on February 22, 2019.

She was born June 23, 1950, northwest of Wetmore, Kansas, on the farm where she was raised. She was the oldest of seven children born to Cletus and Mary Glissman.

She attended Catholic School through junior high. She graduated from Wetmore High School in 1968.

In 1973, Juanita became a mom. In the 1980s and 90s she was a single parent who worked two jobs. She was known among her children’s friends as “the cool mom.” Above all, she was a dedicated mother and a positive role model for her children.

Juanita held several administrative positions within government and the private industry. She was admired by her coworkers and known for her hearty, contagious laugh.

She retired in 2013. In her final years, she made Lawrence her home. She enjoyed puzzles, embroidery, reading, gardening, exercising, good food, drives in the country and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. Helping others was important to Juanita, and she loved volunteering and donating to causes close to her heart.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Faith played a large role in Juanita’s life and she strived to live by Psalm 23.

Juanita is survived by many treasured friends and family members, including her daughter Tricia and son Clint. She will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, Juanita wishes donations to be made to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Inurnment will be at a later date in Netawaka Cemetery, where she will rest near her son Keith.

Messages & Condolences

From Carla Roth...

So very sorry to hear of Juanita’s passing. She was a sweet, caring person and all of us loved her laugh. She had a heart of gold. May she rest in peace.

From Carole Morgan...

May she rest in peace. Juanita was a wonderful, accomplished, caring woman whose contagious sense of humor touched everyone who knew her and whose lovely laugh brightened any day, even if it be a difficult one. I treasure having known her and working with her. Love and enduring memories….

From Laura Maron...

We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother,
Juanita will be missed.

From Vicki Miller...

Your mother was a delightful lady with a kind heart. So sorry for your loss.

From Gene & Elaine Harrison...

Any time we hear someone laughing- really laughing- we expect many of us will think of Juanita, who was really good at it and genuinely knew how to enjoy life in the moment. They say life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Juanita had more than her fair share of storms, but she could still dance.

From Tanya Ward (Criticare)...

Very sorry to hear of Juanita’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and will truly be missed by all who were blessed to know her.

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