Janet Lee (Carsten) Gerdes

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.


  • Nancy Hofer Posted July 16, 2019 3:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Knowing heaven got another angel and is at peace. Will keep in touch with you guys and take care. ❤ Nancy and family.

  • Joey LaDuke Posted July 16, 2019 5:18 pm

    I’m so sorry about your mom she was a very special lady who was so much fun to have here in Florida when she came for a vacation.

  • Brooke Wright Posted July 17, 2019 5:55 am

    Dan and Greg and entire family I have you close in my prayers I am so sorry for your loss of your mama she is a beautiful lady and I know how very much you love her I will keep the entire family in my prayers

  • Louise Pate Posted July 17, 2019 11:29 am

    Greg, my deepest sympathies in the loss of your mother.

  • Ronald Rosberg Posted July 17, 2019 5:26 pm

    Danny and Greg, I’m so sorry for your loss, Mother’s are special Angel’s sent from heaven..

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