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Garretta Q. Ehmke - 99
2/29/1912 - 9/26/2011

Somonauk, IL - Garretta Q. Ehmke, 99, of Somonauk, IL, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 at Sandwich Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was born February 29, 1912 near Shabbona, IL, the daughter of James and Florence (Davenport) Little. She grew up in Lovells, Michigan and Aurora, Illinois. She graduated from Aurora East High School in 1931, and worked in the office of the Kresge 5 to 25 cent store in Aurora.

She married Walter Ehmke of Sandwich on September 27, 1940 at the home of her parents in Aurora. He passed away on October 31, 1986. They lived their entire married life on the Ehmke farm north of Somonauk. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk.

She is survived by one son, Don (Mary Ann) Ehmke of Somonauk; grandchildren, Lynette Ehmke of Houston, TX, Tim (Lori) Ehmke of Weatherford, TX; one sister-in-law, Gertrude Little of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her parents, her husband, Walter; one son, John Ehmke on June 13, 1979; five brothers, Earl Little, Kenneth Little, Ivan Little, Roy Little and Floyd Little; one sister, Ethel Holst and many friends.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk with Rev. Dennis Heaney officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the charity of one’s choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book go to

Turner-Eighner Funeral Home
13160 Rt. 34 W.
Somonauk, IL 60552

4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Turner-Eighner Funeral Home
Somonauk, Illinois 60552

10:30 a.m., Saturday,
October 1, 2011
St. John’s Lutheran Church
235 South Green Street
Somonauk, IL 60552

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Visitor Comments
Don, Mary Ann and family: You have our sincere sympathy in the passing of Garretta. She was a wonderful lady and she will be missed by those who had the pleasure of her friendship.
Jan & Arnie Parchert
9/27/2011 10:52 PM
Don & Mary Ann: We are so saddened to hear of Garetta's passing. Our sincere sympathy to you both. We did not know her as well as we would have liked, but we do know she was a wonderful lady, as evidenced by her son and his children. She will be missed by all. Keitha & Ray Jackson 9/28/2011
Keitha & Ray Jackson
9/28/2011 11:34 PM
Don and Mary Ann I was saddened to hear about your mother passing away. My deepest condolence to you and your family. I am glad to have the chance to meet Mrs. Ehmke and know that she was a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace.
Noel Boado
9/29/2011 9:06 AM
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We were out of town the night of the visitation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Roger & Bonny Rankin
10/1/2011 2:15 PM

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