Due to the Blizzard Warning for Sunday, February 20, 2022, Christine's visitation and prayer service for Sunday has been cancelled. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 AM on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Assumption Catholic Church in Florian, MN with visitation one hour before the service. Note the time change for the Mass of Christian Burial to 11:30 AM from 10:30 AM. Please tell anyone that you know that might be attending the services about the changes. Thank you.
Christine Gerszewski, 88, of Warroad, MN, died in her home under the care of hospice on Monday, February 14, 2022, with her husband and children by her side.
Christine Antoinette Szklarski was born on March 12, 1933, on the family farm in Augsburg Township, Marshall County, MN, one of six children born to Anton and Elizabeth (Kroll) Szklarski. She attended Golden Glow Country School through the 8th Grade. Christine met the love of her life at a PNA Dance in Florian, MN. On October 16, 1952, Christine was united in Holy Matrimony to Thomas Gerszewski, in her home church of Assumption Catholic Church, Florian. The young couple moved to a farm near Newfolden, MN, where they raised their six children. In those early years, the family spent winters in The Cities to make money for the farm, Christine working at Montgomery Wards. When the kids were growing up, Christine worked at the turkey plant and then Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls. Her favorite job, though, was doing daycare in Warroad, a job she cherished for 12 years.
In 1981, Christine and Tom left the farm and built a home in Warroad so they could pursue their passion: fishing. Summer and winter, Christine and Tom fished every chance they could. She was a master at filleting a fish, and was known for her pickled fish. Christine was well-known for all of her cooking, baked goods, and great desserts, making sure no one went home hungry. She loved parties and getting together with family and friends. The Holidays were special, and her loved ones will always remember the notes in her Christmas cards including all the detailed plans for the day. She was very devout, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Warroad. In addition to time on the water, Christine spent her summers happily laboring in her gardens, making baskets of fresh flowers and providing all the vegetables needed to can for the fall. She loved a perfectly neat yard and feeding the birds, especially hummingbirds.
Her family will always cherish her generous spirit, her quiet ways, and her love of Tom. We have hope that she will be able to dance and go fishing with him again one day.
In addition to her husband of 69 years, Thomas, Christine is survived by their six children, Roger Gerszewski of Thief River Falls, MN, Arlette (Ron) Haupt of Sioux Falls, SD, Paulette (Kelly) Holthusen of Thief River Falls, Francis (Anne) Gerszewski of Enid, OK, Joann (Kenny) Ignaszewski of Warroad, and Patrick (Nancy) Gerszewski of Newfolden; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Deschene; sisters-in-law, Edwardine Szklarski, Anna Seeba, Frances Kazmierczak, and Loretta Lechner; and brothers-in-law, Steve Gerzewski, and Paul Biggs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frank (Dorothy), Br. Anthony OMI, Chester (Virginia), and John Szklarski; and brother-in-law, Joe Deschene.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, February 21, 2022, at 11:30 AM, in Assumption Catholic Church, Florian, MN.
VISITATION: One hour prior to Mass.
INTERMENT: Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Florian, MN.
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