October 26, 1928 – February 13, 2018
Born in Laurel, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Georgianne Rediger Gerhart
Georgianne Rediger Gerhart was born October 26, 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska. Her
parents were Vic and Anne (Hansen) Rediger. She passed away on February 13, 2018
in Lincoln, Nebraska with her family by her side.
Georgie, as she was known, attended elementary school in Omaha and moved to
Tekamah, Nebraska her sophomore year of high school. She graduated from Tekamah
High School in 1946. It was in junior high school that she acquired the nickname,
“Torchy”, which continued through her college years. Georgie attended the
University of Nebraska in Lincoln and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She
met H.L. (Bud) Gerhart at an hour dance during their freshman year at UNL. After
college she and Bud became engaged and Georgie taught school in Red Oak, Iowa.
Bud, an Ensign, United States Navy, was assigned to San Diego, California during the
summer of 1950. Two weeks later the Korean War broke out and Bud sailed for Korea
on an aircraft carrier where he was stationed for a year. During the summer of 1951,
Bud received orders to report to Legal School in Newport, Rhode Island in the next
fourteen days. He called Georgie and asked if they could quickly get married and she
said yes. Soon the newlyweds were off to Rhode Island where their first child, Jeff,
was born. Following Bud’s service, they made their home in Newman Grove and had
two more children, daughters Julie and Sarah. Newman Grove was their home for 58
years until they moved to Lincoln.
In Newman Grove, Georgie was involved in her children’s activities including Den
Mother for Jeff’s Cub Scout troop as well as Girl Scout Troop leader for Julie and
Sarah, participating in meetings, day camps and overnight camping trips. She was
involved in church activities at the United Methodist Church in Newman Grove and
later was an active member of the Fellowship Bible Church. Georgie was a member of
PEO Chapter DO and also involved in the Newman Grove Library Book Club. Additional
community service included assisting with English as a Second Language classes at
Newman Grove Public School and teaching summer tennis lessons at the city park.
Georgie was a supportive partner throughout Bud’s banking career and served as
director and shareholder of the Bank of Newman Grove. When Bud became President
of Independent Bankers Association of America, Georgie, as “First Lady” traveled with
Bud to many IBAA meetings and made many wonderful friends.
Georgie’s interests included tennis, golf, biking, skiing, bridge, needlework and her
grandchildren. She and Bud biked the USA, Europe, Canada and New Zealand with
several dear biking friends and have wonderful memories from those trips. There
were many family ski trips to Colorado, summer vacations in the Black Hills and
weekends spent boating and water skiing on Lewis and Clark Lake.
In their retirement years Bud and Georgie were snowbirds in Tucson, AZ, where they
biked, played tennis and made wonderful friends in the Saddlebrook Community.
Since Georgie’s mother, Anne, was 100% Danish, Georgie had a keen interest in her
Danish heritage. She visited her relatives in Denmark and kept in touch with her
family in Laurel. The City Café in Newman Grove hosted Danish Dinners for many
years which Georgie started with several other Danes in the community. She also
made a delicious Danish Kringle at Christmas time.
Georgie was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and devoted student of the Bible. She
loved reading scripture and participated in many Bible studies, always seeking to
strengthen her faith journey. Her children and grandchildren benefited from the
written scriptures they received and the inspiration and guidance provided by their
mom and grandma as she shared her faith with them.
Georgie is survived by her husband, Bud, of 66 years; her children, Jeff (Rebecca)
Gerhart, Julie (Peter) Skeffington and Sarah (Jeff) Peetz; grandchildren, Patrick
(Quinn) Gerhart, Kyle (Taylor) Klaas, Ally Peetz, Katy (Randy) Moon, Anne (Collin)
Johansen, Carly (Matt) Weber, Jim (Dana) Skeffington, Anne Marie (Scott) Disney and
Hillary Skeffington; great grandchildren, Jack and Georgia Weber and Jay Gerhart;
sister Kay (Roger) Ottenbach, sister-in-law, Mary Ellen (Carl) Petersen; cousins Susan
Christensen (Keith), Ruth Ann Larson (Tom) and many nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her parents, her sister Juanita (Poochie) Maloney, and brothersin-
law Ed Maloney and Carl Petersen.
Memorials to Newman Grove Community Foundation/Jeff Gerhart; P.O. Box 479;
Newman Grove, NE 68758. University of Nebraska Foundation UNL Speech-Language
Pathology Program Fund;1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508.
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