|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1978|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 2011|
Melissa Litke Gahler, age 32, of rural Pierz, Minn., passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011, at her home following a short, but courageous fight against Cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, Minn., with the Rev. David Maciej officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2011, at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, Minn., with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.
Visitation continues at the church on Saturday June 18, 2011 one hour prior to the service.
Melissa was born on December 11, 1978 to her parents Ron & Dede Litke. She grew in the country north of Pierz. She attended school in Pierz graduating in 1997 from Pierz Healy High School. She attended Central Lakes College in Brainerd and earned an Associate Degree in Child Care. She was united in marriage to Chet Gahler on June 28, 2003 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN. Melissa's working career included employment at Playhouse Child Care, Trinity Lutheran Child Care and TCC Headstart in Brainerd, and as a paraprofessional in the Crosby School District. However, her most important job was being a stay-at-home mom. Her favorite pastime was watching and attending baseball, especially amateur baseball. Her pride and joy was watching her own son participate in baseball. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Melissa was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband and children, Chet and Mason and Maya Gahler, of Pierz, Minn.; parents, Ron and Dede Litke, of Pierz, Minn.; mother and father-in-law, Sheryl (Joe) Williams, of Elysian, Minn., and Lyle (Becky) Gahler, of Janesville, Minn.; five brothers and sisters-in-law; and many relatives and close friends.
Melissa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leo and Lillian "Lucky" Swaser and Leo and Bertha Litke.
Arrangements are with Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service of Pierz, Minn.
Holy Cross Cemetery
Created by: Randy Shepherd
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
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