Evelyn V. Gerke

Obituary-Evelyn V. Gerke

Evelyn V. Gerke, 92, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died May 12, 2014 in Richmond, Va.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Gerke; her parents, Fred and Frieda Kruse; and a sister, Marjory Schwartz. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Gerke Povar and her husband, Tedd; grandson, Matthew Johnson and significant other, Celinda Gardner, of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Philip Johnson and wife, Lisa, of Mooseheart, Illinois; granddaughter, Laura Lawal and her husband, Akins, of Alexandria, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Kadin and Haley Johnson, Isaiah and Aderemi Lawal; brother-in-law, Mel Schwartz; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was an executive secretary for 27 years and retired in 1978. A war bride, she was married in 1943 in Walla Walla, Wash. Evelyn was a charter member of Zion Girls club, a lover of all things chocolate, especially Hershey's chocolate bars, a fast walker at Gayton Terrace, and a good and faithful steward. The family will receive friends at Hockemeyer-Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind., on Monday, May 19. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1505 Bethany Lane, Fort Wayne, Ind. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, Ind. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., St. John Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va., or Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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