Anita M. Ackley, age 91, of Janesville, died on Monday, November 10, 2014, at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.
She was born in Glenwood City, WI on March 4, 1923, the daughter of Arnold and Ida (Hill) Willert. She married Arthur Gerber in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest, WI on December 16, 1942, and they later divorced. She married James R. Ackley in the Little Brown Church, Nashua, IA on September 5, 1958, and he preceded her in death on January 13, 2007. Anita had been employed by Anderson’s Women Apparel, JC Penney, and the Uniform Gallery. She was a member of First Lutheran Church. She loved her BINGO, playing cards, traveling and spending time with her family and friends in both Janesville and Arizona.
Anita is survived by her three children: Sandra Anhalt of Janesville, Jerry (Deb) Gerber of Janesville and Cheryl (Jerry) Burri of Fort Atkinson; 11 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; four siblings: Howard Willert and Alice Anderson both of Casa Grande, AZ, Lois Walkush and Darlene (Gary) Rasmussen both of Alexandria, MN; two sisters-in-law, Vergal Willert of Baldwin, WI and Donna Burls of Paradise Pines, CA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great granddaughter, Kendall Kortes; son-in-law, Richard Anhalt; and four brothers: Alvin, Harold, Walter, and Milton Willert.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at First Lutheran Church with Rev. James Melvin and Rev. Rebecca Ninke officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. Entombment will be in Milton Lawns Mausoleum. Lasting Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. or First Lutheran Church. Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com