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Virgil O Gehri

July 14, 1933 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Virgil Gehri Obituary

Virgil Otto Gehri, 90, of Wonewoc, passed away on October 6, 2023. He was born July 14, 1933 in rural Wonewoc to Otto and Mabel (Pagel) Gehri. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Wonewoc. Virgil attended St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran School and Wonewoc High School, graduating in 1951.

In 1952, he married Rosie Carpenter; they later divorced. In 1972, he married Vera Breneman. In addition to farming, Virgil worked at several jobs, including Brandli Cheese in Mauston, and Wonewoc-Center Schools as a night janitor. Virgil also drove school bus for 45 years for Wonewoc-Center Schools.

Virgil loved classic country music and played accordion in bands for many years, starting with the Wild Rose Trio in 1953, and later with the Black Denim Ramblers.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Vera, children - Allan (Jennifer) of Wonewoc, David of Tampa, FL, Kathy (Tim) Galvez of St. Peters, MO, Dan (Kristin) of Oshkosh and Calvin (Sarah) of La Crescent, MN; 9 grandchildren – Barron Gehri, Brandon (Belinda) Gehri, Todd (Heather) Gehri, Ben (Leah) Hovde, Ashley Fenne, Arika Gehri, Morgan Gehri, Brenna  Gehri, and Evan Tooley; 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; brother John (Audrey); nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ben (Geraldine), sisters - Fern (Norb) Talg, Violet (Bud) Leist, Joyce (Harry) Stetler, and Janet (Ron) Ott.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, 319 S. East Street, Wonewoc. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 AM at the church. Burial will follow the service at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. A pot-luck luncheon will follow in the church basement.

Instead of flowers memorials can be given to St. Paul's Lutheran School or Elroy Health Services.

The family would like to thank Elroy Health Services for the 16 months of wonderful care and compassion, Gundersen St. Joseph Hospital in Hillsboro and Gundersen Health Services in La Crosse for their care when needed.

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October 13, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Wonewoc
119 South East Street
Wonewoc, WI 53968

Funeral Service
October 13, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Wonewoc
119 South East Street
Wonewoc, WI 53968


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