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Donald Graham Gartzke

Donald Graham Gartzke, 78, died quietly at his home in Ipswich, January 15, 2009. He was born in Oconomowoc, WI to Graham and Della Gartzke and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked at his profession until his death. Donald was an athlete, a devoted husband, loving father and servant of God. Don was a man of faith above all else and loved serving in his hometown church.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karlene Gartzke of Ipswich, two sons, Dana Gartzke of Manassas, VA and Andrew Gartzke of Wilmington, OH, four daughters, Kimberly Maples of Wilmington, OH, Heather Hackett of Stuart, FL, Stephanie Gartzke of Port St. Lucie, FL, Beth Gifford-English of Ft Lauderdale, FL, and his brother Gary Gartzke of Austin TX as well as fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30am Jan. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church—North Shore, 179 County Road, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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