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Gerda Hilda (Drechsler) Urban

Gerda Hilda (Drechsler) Urban, 81, of Bemidji, formerly of International Falls, Minn., died on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at the Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in International Falls with the Rev. Gary Schultz officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc. in International Falls assisted the family with arrangements.

The pallbearers will be Robert Bass, John Bass, Thomas Urban, Donald Urban, Tom Smyithe and Bob Hair.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1927, in International Falls. She married Julius Urban May 11, 1947. She was a homemaker and also worked as a sales clerk at Andy's Hallmark and the Specialty Dress Shop. She enjoyed cooking and baking and especially enjoyed decorating her home for Christmas. She also enjoyed making and painting ceramics, gardening and shopping.

She is survived by her husband; son, Timothy (Lisa) of Bemidji; daughter, Suzanne Mathews of International Falls; sisters, Mae (Lloyd) Arveson, Alice Miller and Ellen Urban, all of International Falls; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oswald and Erna Drechsler; an infant son, Paul; and a sister, Hilma Bass.

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