Gertrude Martha Foster

Mar 18, 2012 Staff

Gertrude Martha Foster, the mother of Patricia Stalley of Riverton, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Neb.

She was 92 years old.

A rosary and prayer service were Wednesday, March 14, followed by funeral Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 15, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine, Neb.

Gertrude Martha Lander was born Jan. 23, 1920, at home in Norden, Neb., the daughter of William and Anna (Simons) Langer.

She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in O'Neill, Neb.

She was teaching when she met Clair W. Foster. They were married May 22, 1941.

They raised 10 children -- eight girls and two boys -- on Shady Grove Pony Ranch northwest of Sparks, Neb.

After marrying, and while raising her family, Mrs. Foster graduated with honors from Chadron (Neb.) State College and continued her career as an educator.

Her family said Mrs. Foster loved music, was a talented pianist, loved nature, teaching, gardening, hunting and riding.

She is survived by her sister, Irma Frederickson of Ainsworth, Neb.; sisters-in-law Darlene Ryschon and Martha Foster, both of Valentine, Neb.; children Jean Colona of Independence, Mo., Kaye Scully of Lincoln, Neb., Ken and Johana Foster of Mulino, Ore., Patricia Stalley of Riverton, Mary and Dr. Bob Parker of Lincoln, Neb., Nancy Swezey of Doniphan, Neb., Rose Ann and Lonnie Ewan of Sparks, Neb., Ruth Foster of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Clara Jo and Wade Bronemann of Harrold, S.D.; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Foster of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 24 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Jim; sons-in-law TR Stalley and Jim Swezey; brothers Bill and George Langer; sisters Anna Sherman, Mary Langer and Sister Marianne.

Memorials may be made in care of the family for Mrs. Foster's favorite charities.

Arrangements were by Holmes Funeral Home (, 321 N. Wood St., Valentine, NE 69201.

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