Geraldine R. Lechner, 87, of Madison, SD, died Jan. 17, 2013 at Golden Living Center, Madison. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at Ramsey Baptist Church, rural Montrose with the Rev. Al Nasman officiating. Burial was in Ramsey Baptist Cemetery.
Geraldine Ruth Friman was born Dec. 9, 1925, near Hurley, SD, to Eldo and Gladys (Benson) Friman. She married Robert Walter Lechner on May 4, 1947, at Parker, SD. The couple farmed in Turner, McCook and Lake Counties.
Gerri was a member of Ramsey Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Dorothy Hanson, Frances Gossel and Vivian Friman; and three brothers, Gene, Jim and Richard Friman.
She is survived by her children, Sandra (Michael) Haas of Yankton, Dianne (Chuck) Willey of Gettysburg, Jeffrey (Liz) and Douglas Lechner both of Madison and Barb (Keith) Hemmelman of Pierre; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; eight sisters, Marion Straw of Mitchell, Edith (Donald) Moe of Lecher, Doris Cordell of Huron, Audrey (George) Sample of Flandreau, Margaret Adel of Lake Andes, Eleanor Bjerkaas of Irene, Genette Rusk and Carolyn McMahon both of Flandreau.
Ellsworth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.