Janet Lee (Carsten) Gerdes
July 19, 1934 – July 15, 2019
Born in Hawarden, Iowa to Leo “LR” and Lois (Younie) Carsten. After graduating from Hawarden High School in 1952, Janet attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1956 with a degree in Home Economics. She taught at Leeds High School in Sioux City, Iowa from 1956 to 1958 and married Dr. Garry D. Gerdes, also of Hawarden, on June 28, 1958. She moved to Cherokee, Iowa where she raised her three sons. Janet enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, music, Bible study, and watching football and golf.
Janet was active in Iowa State Alumni Association, serving as Vice President and as President. She served as a volunteer for Snow Mountain Ranch in Winter Park, Colorado (YMCA of the Rockies), as well as volunteering at the Nebraska Extension Office. A member of PEO and Red Hats, she was also a member of Westside Church of Omaha where she served in Care and Share.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband. She is survived by three sons: Dave Gerdes and wife, Christy (Bryant), Dr. Greg Gerdes, OD, and Daniel Gerdes; brother, D. Kay Carsten of Henderson, Nevada.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 19th 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Saturday, July 20th at 11:30am, Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha.