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Virginia J. Gehrke

Died: Saturday, October 06, 2012
Age: 87
Virginia J. Gehrke, 87, Lake Geneva, formerly of Genoa City, died Saturday evening, Oct. 6, 2012, at Geneva Lake Manor. Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Ill. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Marengo, Ill. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Haase-Lockwood and Associates Funeral Home in Genoa City. For online guestbook, go to haaselockwoodfhs.com.

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1907: Wiliam Shawn, longtime editor of The New Yorker.
1908: Wiliam Saroyan, author and playwright (The Human Comedy).
1918: Alan Jay Lerner, playwright and lyricist (Brigadoon, Camelot).
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1864: At the Democratic convention in Chicago, General George B. McClellan is nominated for president.
1919: The Communist Labor Party is founded in Chicago, with the motto, Workers of the world unite!
1928: Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera opens in Berlin.
1940: Joseph Avenol steps down as Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
1942: The British army under General Bernard Law Montgomery defeats Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt.