Ruth Ann Gerber, 83

Ruth Ann Gerber, 83, of Jackson Center, passed away at 9:29 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

 She was born in Shelby County on Jan. 8, 1931, to the late Paul and Marjorie (Johnston) Kerns. On Nov. 14, 1953, she married Wayne Gerber and he survives.

 She is also survived by her 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. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Kerns.

A homemaker, Ruth Ann was very active in her community. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Circle 2, and was a Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She had also volunteered for numerous organizations throughout her lifetime; having served on the Shelby County Blood Bank, Wilson Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years, 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 will officiate a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Jackson Center. Visitation will be Thursday, August 14 from 3-7 p.m. at the church, and one hour prior to the funeral on Friday. Burial will be in Pearl Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 607 S. Main Street, Jackson Center, Ohio 45334, or Gideon’s 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.
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