Gertrude S. Piepho


Gertrude Sandager (Mrs. Donald) Piepho, age 92, of Faribault, died on July 29, 2010 in Eden Prairie, MN.  She was born at home in Tyler, MN on August 11, 1917.  She was the daughter of Kris and Emma Sandager.  She married Donald C. Piepho on October 13, 1939 at First English Lutheran Church in Faribault.  Donald passed away May 10th, 2001.

Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and also at the church on Thursday for one hour prior to the service.

Funeral Services will be held at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Richard L. Jorgensen officiating.  Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

They lived in various residences in Rice County before purchasing a home at 521 Shumway in Faribault where they lived for 51 years.  In 2005, Gertrude sold their home on Shumway and purchased a condo at Cardinal Pointe and loved it there very much.

Gertrude is survived by five children: Lloyd (and Phyllis) Piepho of Savage, Harold (and Rae) Piepho of Lutsen, Walter (and Carol) Piepho of Olathe, KS, Paul (and Carrie) Piepho of Sacramento, CA, Trudy (and Bob) Kuhlman of Edina; twelve grandchildren, Ann Neilsen, John Piepho, Tim Piepho, Karla (and Kelly) Spence, Sara (and Jon) Voss, David (and Jessamy) Piepho, Jeff (and Meadow) Piepho, Matt (and Yvonne) Piepho, Daniel Piepho, Maxwell Piepho, Tamara Kuhlman, Nathan Kuhlman; 11 great-grandchildren; Andrew Comb, Austin and Alexis Piepho, Luke and Desiree Spence, Conor, Abram, Maggie and Roman Voss, and Jaustin and Titus Piepho; and a brother, Earl Sandager of Newberg Oregon, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, many in-laws, and many very dear friends.

As a young woman Gertrude worked at St. Lucas Hospital in Faribault, followed by several years as a waitress at Wimpy's Restaurant. Over several years Gertrude was employed by the U.S. Census Bureau as an enumerator, worked on the agricultural census, and also worked in corrections.  Her final job was at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf as a houseparent for 25 years.  She retired in August 1982.

Gertrude was very active at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ at Women's Guild and Circle Meetings, several times serving as Chairperson. She and Ruth Kielmeyer were the first two women at St. Luke’s to serve on the Church Council. She also volunteered as a "Meals on Wheels" driver and scheduler.  In 2005, Gert had a longing to go back to her "Home Church," First English Lutheran Church, where she had been a member her first 22 years of life.  She rejoined First English in 2005 but has many fond memories of St. Luke's United Church of Christ.

She belonged to Faribault Senior Center and regularly participated in water exercise classes for over 25 years.  Gertrude loved to play cards, be it "500", "Bridge", or many other card games.  She was both competitive and social making many friends.

Gert and Don loved going on two week long bus tours to view many beautiful areas of the United States.  They also made many trips to the Oregon shore, Lutsen and Grand Marais.  Family outings were a big enjoyment and their grandchildren were extra special to them.

Gertrude was an exceptional person, active in her church and community and greatly beloved by her family, as she also loved us.  She will be missed very much by many.

Memorials may be directed to Habitat For Humanity or First English Lutheran Church.

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Name: Tom Crosby
Date: Monday August 02, 2010


I am sorry to hear of your lose. Your Mother always treated me kindly and all my experiences with your family were positive. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Tom Crosby