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Fern Chaska

Fern Lillian Chaska, 89, Chaska, Minn., died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Auburn Manor Care Center, Chaska. Fern's funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, with the Rev. Greg Snow, of St. John's Luthe...

Fern Lillian Chaska, 89, Chaska, Minn., died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Auburn Manor Care Center, Chaska.

Fern's funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, with the Rev. Greg Snow, of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating.

Casket bearers were Dale Evans, Bob Goetz, David Weibel, Daryl Weibel, Dale VanSloun and Chris Wherley.

Burial was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Chaska.

Fern was born on March 8, 1919, in New England, to Richard and Signe (Johnson) Burwick, one of four children.

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She was baptized and confirmed at Daglum Lutheran Church, New England.

On Sept. 8, 1939, she was united in marriage to George Irving Gerlich in Santa Ana, Calif.

They had two daughters, Edith and Sandra.

George passed away on March 18, 1951.

On Nov. 23, 1956, she was united in marriage to Lyle E. Chaska in Wibaux, Mont.

They had two children, Gary and Alison.

Fern enjoyed her children and grandchildren very much.

Her other interests were gardening, playing her piano, cooking and baking.

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She worked in Knotts Berry Farm in California for two years.

After that, she and Lyle moved to Chaska, where she worked at Laser Engineering in Chaska for 17 years. She retired in 1995.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lyle; her children, Edith (Dean) Maser, Finlayson, Minn., Sandra (Dale) Evans, Wibaux, Gary L. Chaska, Chasksa, and Alison (Daryl) Weibel, Victoria, Minn.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Harvey Burwick, Ozark, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Georg Gerlich; and two brothers, Sidney and Milo Burwick.

(Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home, Beach)

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