Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Gertrude “Gertie” Cresentia Cremers, age 92, of Albany, will be at 11:00 AM December 5, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Anthony. Father Michael Naughton will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery following the mass.  Gertie passed away peacefully at her home in St. Anthony Sunday evening.  There will be visitation from 4-9PM Wednesday, December 4th at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and again from 9:30PM until the time of service Thursday morning once again at the church.  Parish prayers will take place at 4PM Wednesday evening at the church.  Catholic Aid, Christian Moters and the Mission Group will pray at 4:30 PM.  Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany.

Gertie was born October 6, 1921 in Pittsville Wisconsin to Joseph and Anna (Kirsch) Poxleitner.  She married Alex Cremers on June 21, 1943 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany.  The couple took over the Cremers family farm north of Albany in St. Anthony where she worked as a homemaker and mother raising her four children.  She was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, which was shown through her involvement in the choir and Catholic Aid groups throughout the years. Gertie had many activities that gave her joy in life including gardening, bowling, baking, knitting, crocheting, sewing, playing cards and Pokeno. She also had a great love of driving.  She put her love of driving her car to good use by visiting the sick and elderly, delivering meals on wheels, delivering parts or supplies to those on the farm, and just being an all around taxi to those who needed assistance.  Any time she got to spend in her car, even if it was just for a relaxing Sunday drive enjoying the countryside was time well spent.  To those who knew her best, Gertie will always be remembered for being a patient, caring, and loving woman.  In life, she was a peacemaker.  What Gertie loved most in her life was time she got to spend with her family and grandchildren that she loved so much.  

Gertie is survived by her children Jim (Joan) Cremers, St. Anthony; Bob (Ann) Cremers, St. Anthony; Mary Kay (Mark) Hoeschen, St. Joseph; Joyce (Fritz) Hoeschen, Freeport; and her 13 grandchildren and 23 ½ great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Anna Poxleitner, her husband Alex Cremers who passed in 2006, her grandson Chad Cremers, and her siblings Ray Poxleitner, Ceil Schwinghammer, John Poxleitner, Theresa Forster, Joe Poxleitner, Mary Schiffler, Benno Poxleitner, and Rita Groetsch.