Born in Germany, she emigrated to the U.S. in 1955 and lived 42 years in Northborough. Her devoted husband of 51 years, Frederick Youkstetter, died in 2013.
She leaves behind her loving children, Frank Youkstetter of Shrewsbury, Karl and Kimberly Youkstetter of Shrewsbury, and David and Kathy Youkstetter of Chester, N.H.; her beloved grandchildren, Rebecca, Marissa, Julia, and Zachary; and her nephew, Uwe Engler of Germany.
Gerda worked as a receptionist for Southgate at Shrewsbury for 21 years.
She and her husband were founding members of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marlborough. She enjoyed volunteering at the Northborough Senior Center, and had a wonderful touch for gardening. Most of all, she dedicated her life to her family.
Gerda’s true passion and love for her family was built on her, heart of gold, her hope for the best, and a contagious happiness that touched us all. Her compassion to understand your past, console the present and provide hope for your future was immeasurable. Her smile made your day, her hugs surrounded you with care and her kisses made your heart glow. Her lesson in life was simple, “Give love and it will grow.” Heart, Hope and Happiness for all.
Calling hours will be held Monday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m., in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. Gerda’s funeral will be held Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m., in St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 537 Bolton St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery in Northborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church.
For online condolences, please visit www.haysfuneralhome.com.