In loving memory of

Louise Gerels
July 26, 1931 - November 18, 2020

MUSCATINE, Iowa -Louise Gerels, 89, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at her home.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, November 23, 2020, at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Bonnie Tharp. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences:

Louise was born on July 26, 1931, in Muscatine, the daughter of Karl and Wilhelmine Dohrmund Giese. She married Sherman Junior 'John' Gerels on August 21, 1948, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading and lunches with her church lady friends. She attended Wilton Lutheran School.

Louise is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie Tharp and her husband, Garey, and Theresa Hanson, all of Muscatine; two grandsons, James Jay Rieff and wife, Elizabeth, and Daniel Lee Tharp his wife, Kerri; seven great-grandchildren, Ali, Abigail, Chloe, Quinn, Bella, Lilly, Aiden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; brothers, Art, Bill, Carl, Herman, John, Harry, Rinehart; sister, Anna; and son-in-law, Tom Hanson.


Joy Raines wrote on Nov 20, 2020:

"A wonderful lady who will be missed so much. She laughed will me and talked with me everytime I saw her. My heart and prayers go out to the family. "

Barry and Lorri Dicks wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"Theresa and Bonnie, hugs to everybody."

Pam Ewalt wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Louise was so fun to talk with and I'm very happy we got to have dinner together recently!l She will be missed ??"

Mary Taylor wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"I am so sad to hear of your mother's passing . She has been apart of my life every summer at Taylor's. She was definitely one of a kind. She made me smile every time she came into the stand. She will surely be missed. Mary at Taylor's Market "

Sally (Webb) Ried wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"Theresa, my heart aches for you in the passing of your mom. She was so sweet and gracious to your friends Praying for you and your family"