Cozad Resident: Gertrud Harvill, age 77 (1936-2013)

Gertrud Harvill, 77, of Cozad, Nebraska, died December 29th, 2013, at Cozad Community Hospital.

She was born September 8th, 1936, at Bad Wilsnach, Germany, to Werner and Ellie (Reschardskowski) Gericke. Gertrud grew up and attended school in Berlin, Germany.

She was united in marriage to Larry Harvill on November 28th, 1963. They had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They lived in Omaha for a number of years before moving to Cozad in 1978.

Gertrud worked at Monroe Auto and Nebraska Plastics along with being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an active member of the Cozad United Methodist Church where she was fondly known as the “cookie lady”, Order of the Eastern Star, mentor for Team-Mates program and board member of Epworth Village in York, Nebraska. There wasn’t a person or animal that Gertrud didn’t love.

Those that will cherish her life are her husband; Larry of Cozad; children: Gabriele (Bill) Graham of Pampa, Texas, David (Ruth) Harvill of Cozad, and Karen (Wes) Harmoney of Amherst, Nebraska; grandchildren: Kelly, Rebeccah, Victoria and Katelyn; step-grandchildren: Holly, Shawn and Kasey; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Otto Gericke and son, Christian.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at the Cozad United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at the Cozad Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Epworth Village in York.

Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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