Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Ruth Ann Gerber, 83, of Jackson Center, passed away at 9:29 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born in Shelby County on Jan. 8, 1931, to the late Paul and Marjorie Johnston Kerns. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Kerns.
On Nov. 14, 1953, she married Wayne Gerber and he survives, along with children, Jill (Rudy) Ruppert of Jackson Center, Tim (Jalynn) Gerber of Jackson Center, Kay (Phil) Schumann of Celina and Jukka Kaijalainen (foreign exchange student) of Helsinki, Finland; grandchildren, Christina (Brandt) Mann, Erica (Wes) Jackson, Heather (Zac) Barhorst, Nicole (David) Neubauer, Stephanie (Justin) Waples, Shawn Smith, Kinsey Schumann and Chad Schumann; great-grandchildren, Haley, Caitlyn and Ethan Barhorst, Alaina and Courtney Mann, Samantha, Madison and Elijah Neubauer, Reagan and Elias Jackson, and Wyatt Waples; and many nieces and nephews.
A homemaker, Ruth Ann was very active in her community. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Circle 2, Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She had also volunteered for numerous organizations throughout her lifetime, serving on the Shelby County Blood Bank, Wilson Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years, was a 33-year member and past president of the National Association of Conservation Auxiliary in the U.S., a 40-year member and past president of the Shelby County American Red Cross, 50-year member of the Election Board, and served many years on the Soil and Water Auxiliary, where she was selected as a national winner of the Distinguished Service Award.
Pastor Kent Hollis officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center, where visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, and one hour prior to the funeral. Burial is in Pearl Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 607 S. Main St., Jackson Center 45334; or Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville TN 37214-0800.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.