Funeral Mass for Merna Clare Gehring, 77, a lifelong resident of Idaho and Lewis counties, will be celebrated on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood, Idaho by Father Paul H. Wander. Burial will follow at Morrowtown Cemetery. There will be a Rosary at 10:30 followed by the funeral mass at 11:00 am.
Merna Gehring died Friday, September 10 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington.
The daughter of Aloysius F. and Scholastica M. Uhlorn, Merna was born November 16, 1943 in Cottonwood. She was the youngest of 14 children and graduated from Ferdinand High School in 1961. As she was fond of saying, “she shut down Ferdinand High” as it consolidated into Prairie High School the following year.
Merna went on to work at St. Mary’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She met George H. Gehring while he was employed on her brother’s farm and ultimately, they married on October 5, 1963 in Cottonwood. The couple went on to purchase a farm and ranch at Westlake, south of Craigmont, Idaho in the fall of 1966. They lived and operated the farm together, raising their 5 children, until George’s death in 1997.
She then built a new home in Cottonwood and turned the day-to-day management of the farm and ranch to her sons. Once established in Cottonwood, Merna went back to St. Mary’s Hospital, working in the dietary department. She studied Dietary Management and received certification from the University of Florida.
Regardless of employment, Merna always considered her most important and fulfilling job to be that of wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to sing, no matter the setting or the occasion. Merna always had a smile and kind words for anyone she met. A stranger was merely a friend she hadn’t yet met.
She is survived by daughters, Diane (Sam) Way, Roni (Shawn) Pratt, and Georgia (Pete) Valdon; sons, Bill (Kathy) Gehring and Mike Gehring; sisters, Irma Tacke, Sr. Cecile M. Uhlorn OSB, and Sally Tehaar, brother, Vern Uhlorn; and grandchildren, Kyler Way, Caitlin (Amos) Meyers, Boyce (Cait) Way, Karst Way, Hugh (Veronica) Pratt, Clare Pratt, MaryMargaret Pratt, Dane (Shelby) Valdon, Dahl Valdon, Eden Valdon, Cole Gehring, Kaleigh (Brandon) Poxleitner, and Rylan Gehring.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George; sisters, Rita Forsmann, Mary Uhlorn, Edna Ruhoff, Jane Hoene, and Sr. Angela M. Uhlorn OSB; and brothers Cletus Uhlorn, John Uhlorn, Gerald Uhlorn, and Maurus Uhlorn.
Blackmer Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com. Memorials can be made to the Morrowtown Cemetery