Gerry was born on May 9, 1928, at rural Cleghorn, the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Glassmaker) Bauer. She was raised in the Maryhill area and attended grade school at Visitation Grade School at Maryhill. She graduated from Cleghorn High School in 1947. After high school she worked for the phone company in Cherokee.
On Jan. 24, 1950, she married Alfred Wilberding at Maryhill. The couple made their home on a farm north of Marcus where they lived for 35 years. In 1984 the couple retired from farming and moved into Remsen. In Sept. 2010 they moved to Bavarian Meadows Assisted living in Remsen. Alfred died March 25, 2011. She then moved to Happy Siesta Health Care Center on June 30, 2011.
Gerry was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church and church guild, past member of the Catholic Daughters of America and hobby club. She loved to make quilts, knit, crochet, do crafts, gardening, play cards and read. She was a wonderful cook!
Preceded in death by, her parents, four brothers-in-law, Jim O'Meara, Lawrence and Ray Wilberding, Leo Flaherty.
Survivors include: her son Paul Wilberding and his wife Joan of Marcus, IA; her daughter, JoAnn Tentinger & her husband Chuck of Remsen; eight grandchildren, Matt Wilberding and his wife Ashley of Laramie, Wyo., Katie Cross and her husband Steve of Denver, Colo., Jessica Wilberding of Iowa City, and her fiancÚ Adrian Suarez Delgado, Briana, Abby and Bethany Wilberding of Marcus; Nick Tentinger of Remsen and Amy Tentinger of Omaha, Neb.; One brother, Vernon Bauer of Cleghorn; Three sisters, Bernice Dickson and her husband Bill of Carroll, Dorothy O'Meara of Spencer, Alice Speers and her husband Don of Storm Lake; Three Sisters-in-law, Anne Wilberding of Meriden, Helen Flaherty of LeMars, Peg Wilberding of Melrose; Numerous nieces and nephews.