The Times West Virginian

January 26, 2013

Joanne Gerken

Times West Virginian

— Joanne Betty Gerken, 81, of Fairmont, died Friday (Jan. 25, 2013) at the residence of her niece Paulette Klingensmith in Mt. Harmony Community.

She was born Aug. 30, 1931. in Silver Springs, Md., a daughter of the late Paul E. Gerken and Elizabeth H. Gerken.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Nussear of Fairmont, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Miss Gerken was a retired secretary in the personnel department for the United States Veterans Administration. She was Lutheran by faith.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Amedisys Hospice, especially Bridget Yerace, R.N.

Memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, P.O. Box 366, Anmoore, WV 26323.

The family will receive friends at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, today from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-2 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Judith Shaver officiating. The committal will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Fairmont.

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