Funeral services for Jerri Malmberg, age 74, of Gordon, NE will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel in Gordon, NE.
Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, NE.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE.
A memorial has been established for the Gordon American Legion Auxiliary or the Legion Baseball, and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.
Jerri passed away on December 7, 2017 at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. She was born on February 10, 1943 in Gordon, NE to Edward and Thelma (Gehrig) Hartman.
The family moved to eastern Nebraska in 1952 and lived southeast of Herman on the Missouri River bottom. Within a few weeks of settling in, they had to evacuate and Thelma and the kids returned to Gordon to stay with grandparents Fred and Stella Gehrig until it was safe to go back. The rural school had flooded, so the kids continued their education in Herman. After graduating high school in 1962, Jerri moved back to Gordon, where she met Mack Malmberg. The two were married on February 17, 1963. Cooking for ranch hands and raising three children became her fulltime job.
After the kids grew up, Jerri took a bookkeeping course and worked at Matula’s Jack & Jill in Gordon and then SiouxNationShopping Center in Pine Ridge. In 2001, she went to work for Bob Schott’s tax office where she continued employment through Carol Childs’ tenure and was still involved with the company when GLR took the reins in 2016. Rather than retiring, she chose to stay and keep learning new ways to do the job that she loved.
She was involved in the community and her family, enjoying activities ranging from target shooting with the family to Legion Auxiliary functions.
Over the years, she developed a reputation for being extremely loving and caring and will be remembered for her warm smiles and hugs! She was also a prankster with a witty sense of humor.
Jerri is survived by daughters Robin (Loren) Wilson and Lisa (Marlon) Reed; son Eric Malmberg; honorary daughter Jennifer Hooper (Phil Colella); grandchildren Breezy (Lee) Luebke, Terry (Tara) Wilson, Christy (Cameron) Corneliuson, Tony Reed, Curtis Reed, Kadence Hooper, Kamden Colella, and Tuff Colella; great-grandchildren Connor Wilson and Cody Luebke; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Mack; her parents; brothers Dick, Jim, and Roger Hartman; cousin Denny Gehrig; and grandson Lane Malmberg.