Shirley Ann Gerhardt, 83, WaKeeney, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Trego County-Lemke Long Term Care Center. 

She was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Ellis to Andrew Scheck and Thresia (Augustine) Scheck. 

She was a member of Daughters of Isabella and St. Mary Catholic Church.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting and mostly spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She opened her home to everyone and enjoyed cooking for everyone as well.

Survivors include a son, Robert Dale Gerhardt, Ellis; a daughter, Lucy Fabrizius, Hays; two sisters, Norma Brack, Hays, and Edna Hejny, Ellis; five grandchildren, James (Shari) Fabrizius, Joshua Fabrizius and Sheena Schneider, Amanda (Jason) Yunker, Hannah Fabrizius, and Jeremiah Gerhardt; five great- grandchildren, Joseph, Jastin and Mason Yunker; Trevor and Liam Fabrizius.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Joseph; a son-in-law, Kenneth Fabrizius; two brothers Leroy and Donald; and a sister, Barbara Kinderknecht.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in church cemetery.  

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS with a combined vigil and Daughters of Isabella rosary at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church or St. Mary’s School.

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