Obituary: Dorothy Jean Gerber passed away on May 30, 2020

Posted By on June 11, 2020

Dorothy Jean Gerber passed away peacefully at her home on May 30, 2020, in Twinsburg at the age of 93. Jean, as the name she went by, was born August 2, 1926 in Moran, Kansas to Reverend Roy and Bessie Truesdale. After graduating from McPherson High School in Kansas, she went on to attend Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas, then Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State College in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1948 with a teaching degree. She married Earl Evans Gerber, the love of her life, in 1948 and they were married for 65 years. Earl passed away 7 years ago.

After their marriage, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and happily raised their children, Janet, Joyce, and Gary. Jean worked as the head teacher at Pepper Pike Preschool at Lander Circle for 18 years and loved children. The family lived in Moreland Hills for over 30 years. Jean was very popular with many of the preschool parents and remained friends with them throughout her life.

So many of us loved her bubbly, friendly personality. Everyone who knew her found her to be a joy to be around and she cherished their friendship as well. Her favorite pastimes, besides family visits, included playing cards with friends, planning birthday parties, and going to lunch after church. Jean and Earl were active members of Parkside Church for 33 years.

She is survived by son, Gary Gerber (Ann) and two daughters, Janet Gribble (Mike) and Joyce Lof, as well as 6 grandchildren, Julie Sutton (Chris), Garren Grieve (Hilary), Jennifer Geiwald (Urban), Gretchen Lof, Jessica Gerber, and Sarah Gerber. She has 4 great-grandchildren, Cayla and Colette Sutton, and Griffin and Hunter Grieve.

Jean will be buried alongside her loving husband, Earl, a Navy Veteran, at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her so much.

EDIT add: Online memorial service due to COVID19 – LINK


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