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May 23, 2022

4/25/2022 7:35:00 AM
Gerber, Clara Anna

Clara Anna Gerber, age 101, of Madison passed away peacefully April 20, 2022 after a brief illness. She was born on January 23, 1921, the daughter of Swiss immigrants, Fred and Marie (Ingold) Gerber in Wyoming Valley township, Iowa County, Spring Green Wisconsin.

Clara graduated from Spring Green High School in 1940. In 1943, she enrolled in St. Mary's School of Nursing in Madison, graduating in 1946. She was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corp from 1943 to 1946. Clara remained in nursing for the next 40 years, working at Miller Hospital, St. Paul MN 1947-1948, University Hospital (Student Health Clinic) 1948-1949, Gisholt Machine Company (Occupational Health) 1948-1958. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a B.S. in Nursing in 1959. She then worked with the City of Madison, Department of Public Health from 1959-1975, as a Public Health staff nurse and nursing supervisor. Clara finished her nursing career at Mendota Mental Health Institute from 1976-1986, working with the mentally ill forensic patients, retiring in 1986.

Clara began her life from humble beginnings and through hard work, determination and fierce independence put herself through school and had a successful, gratifying nursing career. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, engaging, articulate and loved a good laugh. She exuded character, class, decency and integrity.

For 10 decades, Clara was a human dynamo. At age 100 she was still driving; she still had a community garden plot that she planted, tended and harvested; she still picked strawberries; she still played bridge, still attended weekly exercise classes and she still enjoyed an occasional glass or two of wine! Through the years, she also found time for knitting, furniture refinishing, reading, cooking, and volunteer work at St. Mary's Hospital, Meriter Hospital and WHA-TV/PBS.

She approached life with liberal dose of common sense, cooperative spirit, civility, priceless humor, hard work and an abiding respect for all. She was also the best friend any of us could have had. She was such a treasure, a joy to share time with and a calming presence in a helter-skelter world. The loss of her kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts to be filled with wonderful memories.

Clara often reflected on how her family and friends of many years enriched her life and enhanced her journey, but in truth, she enriched the lives of all with whom she has come to know. Clara was a glimmering gem; we will live in her afterglow a very long time.

Clara was preceded in death of her parents, Fred and Marie (Ingold) Gerber; her brothers, Walter, Fred and John Ernest Sr. (Ernie); and sisters, Marie Brennum, Lillian Brennum Clinger, and Martha McMillion. She is survived by many nieces, nephews who cherished her and friends that treasured her.

Clara's family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Orest Kostelyna, the staff of St. Mary's Hospital, Capitol Lakes and Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Mary's Foundation, 700 S. Park St. Madison WI 53715 or to an organization of your choice.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville. Pastor Mark Williamson will officiate with burial in East Side Cemetery in Dodgeville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday after 10:00 A.M. Online condolences may be made at

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