Obituary: Thelma Petersen Gerlach

Thelma Petersen Gerlach
Thelma Petersen Gerlach

Thelma Petersen Gerlach, beloved mother and wife, passed away Feb. 12. Thelma was born in Glen Ellen, California, on March 13, 1921. She was the fourth daughter of Irene Fleur Petersen and Daniel Christian Petersen. As a child, she lived with her family on the estate of Jack London in the Valley of the Moon, California. Thelma and her family moved to Covina and then to Pasadena.
The Petersens spent many summers in June Lake, California, where Thelma learned to love nature and the Sierras. She was a good fisherman and loved to garden, cook and enjoy classical music. In 1937, she entered the Mark Twain beauty contest and won the title of Miss Mono County. In 1947, she married Walter Gerlach, a prominent Realtor and developer. They moved to Altadena and raised four children. In 1963, they moved to La Cañada Flintridge, where they enjoyed golf and family life. Walter Gerlach passed away in 1964. Thelma is survived by her daughter Kathleen “Cookie” Kuiper and spouse; her son Lawrence Gerlach and spouse, and her youngest son Walter Gerlach Jr. and spouse. Her second daughter, Diane Gerlach Low, passed away in 2015. Thelma had six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She loved each dearly.
Thelma enjoyed a very healthy life and passed away peacefully at Royal Oaks Manor in Duarte, with her family close by. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Huntington Hospital or to any charitable organization you desire. Services will be held at St. Bede the Venerable Church in LCF.

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