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Edith Gehrtz, age 92, of New Rockford, ND, went home to Heaven on Wednesday October 28, 2020, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND.

Edith Rose Cicha was born on September 20, 1928, at Veseleyville ND, the daughter of John and Josephine Cicha. She attended school in Conway ND.  Edith married Dean Gehrtz in Larimore, ND on August 30,1949.  She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in New Rockford ND.

Over the years Edith was a dedicated and hard worker at the various jobs she worked at in New Rockford.  In 1983 Dean and Edith purchased the Silvercrest Bakery in New Rockford, ND.  They worked side by side up to their retirement in 1995.

Her most important jobs and the ones she was most proud of were being a devoted wife and an extraordinary mother and grandmother.  You could find her in the kitchen, her happy place, baking her famous homemade buns, bread, caramel rolls and baked goodies.  Having her family around was something she loved.  She had all the time in the world for laughter, hugs, kisses and kind words.  Edith always took care of her family before thinking of herself.

Edith is survived by her eight children, David (Patti) Gehrtz, New Rockford, ND, Dennis (Mary) Gehrtz, New Rockford, ND, Vickie (Mike) Bartholome, Devils Lake, ND, Carol (Mike) Risovi, New Rockford, ND, Steven (Elaine) Gehrtz, Fargo, ND, Shirley (Pat) Hughes, Covington, OH, Donna (Bruce) Gedrose, New Rockford, ND, and Curtis (Barb) Gehrtz, Fargo, ND, 19 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Welcoming her into heaven are her husband Dean, parents John and Josephine Cicha, brothers Charles and George Cicha, sisters, Florence Infeld and Alice Hippe.

In honor of Edith, the family is encouraging memorials be given to the Women’s Auxiliary Cemetery Association, Box 303, New Rockford, ND 58356 in Edith’s name.

Visitation for Edith will be Thursday November 5, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Evans Funeral Home in New Rockford, ND.

Due to CDC and North Dakota State Guidelines, a private family service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be at the New Rockford Cemetery.



Posted Condolences:


  1. Our Sympathies to you, Steve and Elaine and to your entire family. May you all know and sense the presence of the Lord ministering to your every need as you grieve your great loss! God’s Peace

  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and all of Edith’s family….it is very apparent that the Gehrtz family was truly blessed with a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother along with the entire New Rockford community….may she rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her~~~~

  3. Dave and family,

    Sorry to hear of your loss, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Miss those great meals after Dean and I came back with walleyes from Devils Lake. She always had a feast for us.

  5. May God hold the whole Gehrtz family in the palm of his hands as all of you go through this time in your lives.
    Job well done Edith, you have some wonderful children! I’m sure Dean & my family were their with open arms to welcome Edith. God got another Angel. One of my memories: My kids & I always come back to New Rockford for the 4th of July. We always headed back with 2 dozen caramel rolls from you Dad & Mom’s bakery. Best ever!
    R.I.P.Edith! <3

  6. She was always feeding us Carmel’s rolls and warm cookies out of the oven. The smell in the house of all the cooking was so welcoming! Hugs and prayers to the entire family!!

  7. Your Mom was a wonderful lady. She wanted to take care of everyone who walked into the bakery. Condolences to the family.


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