Geraldine Althoff Craig, 83

Published 9:41 am Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Geraldine Mary Althoff Craig, 83, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at her home, surrounded by the love of her family.

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Gerry was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Mankato, Minn., to John and Katherine Schaak Bachmeyer, the second youngest of 11 children. She married Dennis A. Althoff on Feb. 5, 1949, in Mankato, and they settled in Austin, Minn., to raise their large family. Between 1956 and 1986, all 13 of their children attended Queen of Angels Elementary School and Pacelli High School.

Gerry’s main focus was being a mother, nurturer and provider. She also found joy in the songs of birds, musical performances and lots of laughter. When the last of her children entered kindergarten, she herself returned to school to obtain a cosmetology license. She operated the Belle Beauty Salon in Austin for about 15 years before she and Denny retired to Bella Vista in 1986. Dennis passed away in Dec. 1988. On June 4, 2005, Gerry married longtime companion Ted L. Craig.


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She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 40 years, Dennis Althoff; an infant daughter; daughter, Tammy; grandson, Patrick; six brothers: Norbert, Raymond, Walter, Lawrence, Norman and Gilbert Bachmeyer; and three sisters: Marcella Benning, Pauline Heiser and Catherine Pierce.

Gerry is survived by her husband, Ted L. Craig, Bella Vista; four sons: Rick (Mary) Althoff, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Randy (Gloria) Althoff, Jordan, Minn.; Terry (Deb) Althoff, Luverne, Minn.; Larry (Kim) Althoff, Wausau, Wis.; nine daughters: Nancy (Scott) Petersen, North Mankato; Ginny Althoff, Bismarck, N.D.; Wendy (Dave) Murphy, Adams, Minn.; Kathy (Steve) Hughes, Kasson, Minn.; Cindy Toby, Elkton, Md.; Lorry (Victor) Adkins, Knoxville, Iowa; Kelly (Dan) Cheramy, McFarland, Wis.; Tracy Ramsey, Madison, Wis.; Becky Quisenberry, Bentonville, Ark.; one brother: Clem (Linda) Bachmeyer, Mankato; 41 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Gerry is also survived by her husband’s offspring: Robert (Sharon) Craig, Yukon, Okla.; Nathan (Janice) Craig, Edmond, Okla.; and their children and grandchildren.

She has always been, and will continue to be, an angel watching over us.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1001 Oakland Ave. E, Austin, MN. A Mass of Celebration will be held at 2 p.m., followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. In eternal thanks for great education and moral values for her family, memorials may be directed to the Althoff Fund at Pacelli Catholic Schools, 511 4th Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912, or to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be offered at, or cards may be sent to Althoff Family, c/o Wendy Murphy, Lyle Post Office, Lyle MN 55953.