HAWARDEN—Janet Carsten Gerdes, 84, of Omaha, formerly of Hawarden, died Monday, July 15, 2019.
The family received friends 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. in Omaha. A graveside service was held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha.
Born in Hawarden to 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 from 1956-58 and married Dr. Garry D. Gerdes, also of Hawarden, on June 28, 1958. She moved eventually to Cherokee where she raised her three sons. Janet enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, music, Bible study, and watching football and golf.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband. She is survived by three sons: Dave Gerdes and wife, Christy (Bryant), Greg Gerdes, and Daniel Gerdes; brother, D. Kay Carsten of Henderson, NV.