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Gertrude Louise

Born in Milwaukee, WI June 7, 1931. Born to Eternal Life March 23, 2018. Greeting her there was her loving husband, Frank LaVora; her parents, John and Elsie Gruenwald; her step-son, John LaVora as well as her brothers and sisters. Gertie is survived by her children: step-son Bernard LaVora, son Jerome (Nancy) LaVora, daughter Pamela (Mario) Taormina, son Frank (Debbie) LaVora, daughters Virginia (William) Gerlach, and Lisa (Michael) Monville, and son Michael (Tammy) LaVora. “Big Nana” to a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also her loving sister-in-law, Marie (Walter) Piel. Loved and remembered by many relatives, friends, and co-workers, especially her buddy Georgia.

Gertie, affectionately known as “Guido,” worked at Solly’s Coffee Shop in Glendale, WI for 42 years. She loved watching Brewer’s baseball, Buck’s basketball and Packer’s football on TV, loved taking in a live game at least once a year with her son Frank at Miller Park. Enjoyed her game shows on TV and loved the slots and bingo at the casinos and playing card games with her kids on holidays.

The LaVora Family would like to extend its gratitude to all the wonderful doctors, nurses and aides that took care of Gertie at Froedtert Hospital, especially our “adopted” little sisters Kimberly T., Brianna and Andrea and our fun little aide Sidney, who’s gift of her angel pin to our mom watched over Gertie to the end. We would also like to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Facility in Waukesha for their loving care to both our mom and her visitors in her last days.

Visitation at the Suminski Weiss Funeral Home 1901 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Tuesday,, March 27, 2018 from 4:00 PM until the time of the Funeral Service at 7:00 PM. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Tammy Ermer Evans

Memories of many Happy New Years Parties!
Grandma and Grandpa Brost’s traditional New Year’s Eve celebration at their home with family and friends – It was a night of dancing to the oldies as the Adults would gather for a serious round of poker. I remember Uncle Frank and Aunt Tootie, their laughter, jokes and silly party hats. Those day continues to hold warm and wonderful memories for all of us!

Kris LaVora

There are so many great memories of you. And I will never forget any of them. But our trip to Florida was very special to me. I am so happy you accepted the ticket and invitation. Love you always.

Gina Catania

I remember my Nana being there when I gave birth to Alexander. That was a very special moment to have her there along with my mom. I remember I could talk to Nana about anything and never had to fear judgement or criticism, she always was a great listener. I will miss sitting at moms house and watching game shows and shouting out the answers before the actual contestants did. Miss you and love you very much.

Jamie LaVora

I simply cannot remember a time Nana wasn’t there and apart of my life. One memory I will always cherish is family Christmas parties at Aunt Pam’s and how we would all rush to the kitchen when the pies would come out to get a slice of Nana’s pudding pie! 🙂 The laughter around the table and her joy. Those are some great memories. Miss you, love you Nana.

Tammy LaVora

Mom thank you for being a wonderful beautiful Mother in law. Our family was blessed to know you. You loved Leahrae, Natalie, David and Josiah like your very own never missing a event for each and everyone of them. So many Memories mom in the last 12 years but the ones I will really cherish are our Saturday night card games, Potowatomi, but most of all our many many car rides where we shared so much reached into each other’s hearts and bonded deeply even shedding a few tears. RIP mom I love you. See you on the other side. Forever in my heart ❤️

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