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Robert C. Gaertner, 76, passed away on July 29, 2018 at Bickford Senior Living Center. He was born on July 7, 1942 In Saginaw to the late Thomas and Velena (Brown) Gaertner. On August 21, 1971 he married Georgegeen P. Iwanowski who predeceased him on June 1, 2002.

Robert served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Robert was a college professor at Lake Superior State University in Finance.

Robert is survived by his son, Fr. Stephen A. Gaertner, brother-in-law, Reginald Mieske and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Mieske.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:30 am at St. Mary’s Proto-Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan with Fr. Stephen Gaertner officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 until the time of service. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Badin Gill Fund at Norte Dame University or Lake Superior State University.

Condolence Messages

  1. Andrew Fink

    16 September 2019 1 year ago

    Professor Gaertner was a “tough as nails” professor in undergraduate. However he prepared me well as I went into law school; and ultimately the practice of law. Sad to learn of his passing. However, I always thought he was a great professor who cared for his students.

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