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Carroll University's 'Grandma Gert' celebrates 95 years with a virtual birthday bash

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:43:04-05

WAUKESHA — Gert Ullsperger has dedicated 56-years of her life to working at Carroll University as a cashier in their dining hall.

Since 1964, she has become a beloved member of the Carroll community and embrace her role as “Grandma Gert.”

“It’s been a lovely, lovely journey to know all of you,” said Gert.

On Friday, the university threw Gert a virtual bash for her 95th birthday. A celebration that included faculty, students, alumni, family, and friends.

“Hi everybody! I’m so happy you came to my party. I’m so glad to see you,” Gert said over the Zoom call.

During the birthday celebration, former students expressed what Gert she has meant to them over the decades.

“You cared for us decade after decade after decade with your warm greetings, your smile and of course those warm hugs we love so much," said Paul Christian, class of ‘92.

Due to the pandemic, Gert had not been on campus since March, but she says she looks forward to the day when she can give everyone a warm hug.

“Work isn’t even work when it’s fun, when you work with wonderful people. It’s been a wonderful journey, thank you for letting me be a part of it,” said Gert.

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