Mildred Kathleen (Katie) Gatzke was born on June 8, 1919 in Osceola, Missouri; and lived blissfully until the age of 98 years and seven months. Her laughter will be lovingly missed by all. She passed away peacefully on January 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, Louisiana.
She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had been widowed for 10 years. Although a housewife for many years, in her early years she was a secretary at Sunray DX Oil Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma until 1961. After that she lived with her husband, Lavigne Gatzke, in Tulsa; Denver; Houston; West Covina, California; and New Orleans, LA.
Katie was preceded in death by her parents, “Teal” Zeiler and Ruby Osborn; her husband of 46 years, Lavigne Karl Gatzke; her sister, Edna Ruth Baldwin; and her grandson, Christian Dewayne Gafke.
She will be missed dearly by her sister, Doris Leader; her son, Frank Gafke; her three grandsons; Frank Rowdon, Matthew Gafke, and Steven Gafke; and her four nieces: Linda Lou Bond, Sue Chrisman, Janet Seidel, and Deborah Felice, as well as countless others in her life who will treasure the memories of her.