Hilma Irene Gherna, 86, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 in Three Rivers. She was born March 25, 1925 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Willy Paul and Ida (Turner) Schoppe.
Hilma graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Joseph D. Gherna in September of 1952. Through the years she worked at Fairbanks Morse Co., Wells Fargo Manufacturing Corporation, Johnson Corporation, and retired from General Motors Hydramatic. Hilma was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Three Rivers. She was also a member of the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary and Club of Little Gardens.
Hilma enjoyed working in the garden and especially spending time with her family and her many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph D. Gherna; brother, William Paul “Bill” Schoppe; half brother, Raymond Johnson.
Hilma leaves to cherish her loving memory two daughters, Regina (Gary) Chapman and Theresa (Mark) Ankney, both of Three Rivers; son, Joseph (Dawn) Gherna of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Christopher (Keny Liz) Chapman, Jeremy (Denise Chitjin) Chapman, Kylee (Ben) Knapp, Jeffrey Ankney, Morgan (Mark) VanderKlok, Madison (Mikel) Zonyk, Paula (Clint) Fund and Jennifer (Michael) Downs; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Andrew and Abigayle Fund, Camden, Alivia and Karissa Knapp, Lilly Mae Zonyk, and Makenna, Miley and Max Downs; special niece, Ruth (Bill) Walthers; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Fr. Donald Potts as celebrant.
Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.
Memorials may be directed to the Three Rivers Lions Club and the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary. Envelopes available at the funeral home.