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Jeanne E. Gerst, 86, of Evansville, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. She was born November 10, 1930, in Evansville to the late Ray and Elizabeth Shirk.
She graduated from Central High School in 1949 and attended Evansville College, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. While in college, she met her husband, Robert Gerst. She left college after 2 years, married on February 16, 1952, and started a family. She had four sons and one daughter. After her daughter began school, she returned to the University of Evansville and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She later received her Master's Degree in Learning Disability and Elementary Education. She was a Learning Disability teacher for 17 years with the Warrick County school system, retiring in 1992. Jeanne was a member of Old North United Methodist Church, Oak Meadow Country Club and the Kennel Club. She was a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School superintendent, Red Cross donor, Boy Scouts Den Mother and a volunteer for Good Samaritan and Meals on Wheels. Jeanne enjoyed sewing, crafts, antiquing and traveling with her family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family, church family and many friends.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Gerst; sister, Bettye Stein, and brother, George Shirk.
She is survived by children, Daniel (Tari), Jeffrey (Debbie), Steven (Rhonda), Barry (Claudia) and Krista Gerst; grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Dalton, Fallon, Kendra, Kasey, Thane, Alejandro, and Emma Gerst, and great-grandchildren, Theisen and Karsten Gerst.
A Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Old North United Methodist Church, 4201 Stringtown Road, officiated by Rev. Mike Monahan, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to Old North United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.