S. Irene Gerst, age 100, of Wapello and formerly of Oakville, died Thursday evening, October 25, 2018, at the Wapello Specialty Care.

The daughter of Edward and Anna VanSickle Pontzius, she was born on November 29, 1917, in Wapello. Irene married Eugene ‘Ted’ Gerst on December 9, 1936, in Bloomfield. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2005.

Irene graduated from Wapello High School in 1936. They farmed in the Oakville area for 45 years. She was a member of the Oakville United Methodist Church and had been a 4 H Leader for many years. Irene was involved with various community projects and activities.

Her family includes two sons, Ernie Gerst and Kenny and Carol Gerst, both of Wapello; a daughter, Charlotte and Marion Brown of Eldridge; several grandchildren and families.

The family will meet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, where the funeral ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 29, 2018. Burial will follow at the Edwards Cemetery, rural Oakville with a lunch to follow at the Oakville Community Building.

Memorial gifts will benefit the Oakville United Methodist Church and Great River Hospice.

Condolences may be given and viewed at www.dudgeonmcculley.com.