Marile T Gehri

12/15/1925 — 04/21/2023

From Pasco, WA | Born in Weiden, Germany

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Marile T Gehri

Marile Gehri of Richland went to be with Our LORD on April 21st , 2023 at the age of 97, and passed peacefully in her sleep.

She was born in a small town in Bavaria, Germany and was a Kindergarten teacher during the War. Her parents both died at early ages before they were even 50. Afterwards her Aunt and Uncle in New York encouraged her to come to the U.S. In 1950 she arrived into New York Harbor and began a new life for herself. While taking night classes to become a U.S. Citizen Marile found herself being admirred by many a gentleman caller. One evening, one of these a French gentlemen found his way to the classroom door; he opened it and asked, “You, Me, Cafe?”. They only found a Chinese restaurant open nearby and enjoyed a warm cup of TEA. After a few evenings of TEA, and their limited conversations in English; she introduced him to her Aunt and Uncle who were completely enamoured of this man. Nearly a year later they became both U.S. Citizens and were married.

Marile was a devoted Wife, Mother and a Woman of Faith! Marile was active in every church she was a member of; caring for her church home; as if it was her own home. Cleaning, gardening, alter preparation, Baptismal napkins, ornaments for the Christmas trees, knitted or crocheted items for bazaars, and finally Layettes for every child born in GSLC. Marile was well known for her needlework art by everyone she knew. They also looked forward every Christmas to be the recipient of her baked goods. Marile took great pride in every aspect of her life; from how her home looked, to her own appearance, and that of her family.

Marile was preceded in death by her husband Aime of 70 yrs., and will be laid to rest beside him. She leaves behind her only daughter Heide, GodDaughter Nancy Henry in FL, as well as four nephews Werner (Joe), Robert, Philip (wife Manuela and their two children), Michael as well as two nieces Josette and Claude (and her two children).

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  • What a wonderful article on Marile’s life. Our family was one of the fortunate ones who tasted her special Christmas cookies. Every Christmas eve when we lived near each other, our family went to the Gehri household and had Christmas cookies before going to the Christmas eve service. This became a tradition that we looked forward to each year.

    Jerry and Maureen Ritter
    May 5, 2023
    Richland, WA
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