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Roberta L. (Slack) Gerdes

December 6, 1943 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 77)

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Roberta “Bobbi” Gerdes, 77 of Kearney Nebraska, passed away Monday, November 8, 2021 at St. Francis Senior Ministries in Tiffin, Ohio. Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Kearney with Rev. Dr. Michelle Holley Carlson and Rev. Dr. Rick Carlson officiating. Inurnment will follow at First Lutheran Church Columbarium. Visitation will be 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

Memorials can be made to Kearney Area Animal Shelter or First Lutheran Church . Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.

Bobbi was born December 6, 1943 in Imperial, Nebraska to Earl S. and Edith M. (Clark) Slack. She was raised in Imperial, Nebraska and attended Imperial High School. Bobbi attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and later the University of Nebraska-Kearney where she earned her master’s degree. Bobbi was a teacher for decades.

She enjoyed taking care of her cats, playing cards, going to the movies and spending time with her grandchildren. Bobbi was a longtime member of the Kearney First Lutheran Church and the Gloria Circle.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Lance Mowrey and wife, Mary Beth of Findlay, OH; son-in-law, Rick McCaulley of Omaha; grandchildren, Mary “Ali” Mowrey, Edyn (Marcus) Gierke, Jaret Mowrey, Miranda Mowrey (Zach Bryant), Aiden Mowrey and Lina McCaulley; sister, Ruth Seward and husband, Randy of Johnson Lake; Jason Seward and fiancé, Janet Klein of Minden and Justin Seward of Mesa, AZ; as well as extended family and friends.

Bobbi was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Michelle McCaulley; and her husband, Mike Gerdes.

Local arrangements were entrusted to Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, Ohio  44883  www.traunerofuneralhome.com

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