THREE OAKS — Gertrude M. Gridley, age 98, of Three Oaks, passed away in the presence of her daughters in her Woodland Terrace home in Bridgman on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Gertrude was a cancer survivor with a great love for birds and flowers. In 1967 she and several area women started the River Valley Garden Club where she continued to be an active member for 52 years. Sharing her plants and knowledge brought her tremendous joy. She was awarded a lifetime membership award from the Michigan Garden Club several years ago.
Gertrude belonged to the Riverside Mothers Club and the Riverside Canasta Club during her younger years until the clubs dissolved.
Gertrude was a lifetime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer where she was baptized as an infant, was confirmed, and was currently the oldest member of the congregation. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid and served on the Altar Guild for over 50 years.
Gertrude graduated from New Troy High School and the Benton Harbor School of Business.
She married Eugene Gridley in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1943. After he returned from WWll they started to build their family home in 1945 and remained there until 2018.
As an avid flower gardener, she attended her plants and flower gardens until the age of 97.
Gertrude will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Dodge of King City, California, Judy Jackson of Three Oaks, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Semenic, Stephanie (Darrell) Doan, Erin (Tom) Seidel, Laura (Thomas Landgrebe) Tarwater, Matthew Anderson, Kyle (Kinley) Anderson, Geri (Lynne) Jackson Bonney, Angela (Mark) Mellin; eight great- grandchildren, Micheal Semenic, Zac Seidel, Tyler Seidel, Erik Doan, Sean Doan, Adelaide Anderson, Samantha Mellin, Clarissa Mellin; one great great-granddaughter, Tycho Mellin; one sister, Agnes Cereske of Sawyer, Michigan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Sandra Gridley; two sons in law, Robert Dodge, Bill Jackson; two brothers, William Cereske, Alfred Cereske; two sisters in law, Vivian Cereske and Frances Cereske.
Family and friends will gather Friday, March 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, with the Reverend Randy Lett officiating.
Mrs. Gridley will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Eugene, and daughter, Sandra, in Riverside Cemetery.
The family prefers contributions be made in Gertrude’s memory to either, River Valley Garden Club, 13722 Pardee Road, Buchanan, Michigan 49107, or, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, Michigan 49125.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan. Please leave a message or a memory online: wagnercares.com.