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Harry Gerber

TISKILWA — Harry D. Gerber, 82, of Tiskilwa passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Colonial Hall Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Princeton.

Born June 4, 1931, in rural Dalton, Ohio, to Aldis and Sarah (Lehman) Gerber, he married Kathryn Elaine Rocke Sept. 3, 1955, at Willow Springs Mennonite Church in Tiskilwa. She survives.

He taught elementary school in Lombard, District 44, for 33 years, until retirement. He subsequently moved to Tiskilwa.

He was an active member of the Lombard Mennonite Church for 42 years and then the Willow Springs Mennonite Church for the remainder of his life.  He volunteered in various settings such as PADS of DuPage County and The Closet in Princeton.

Also surviving are three children, Pamela (Phillip) Kaufmann of Tiskilwa, Bradley of Glen Ellyn and Andrea (David) Horst of Tiskilwa; two brothers, Orris Gerber of Dalton, Ohio, and Doyle (Betty Beane) Gerber of Navarre, Ohio; four sisters, Barbara Murray of Orrville, Ohio, Norma Mumaw of Freeland, Mich., Anne (James) Rios of Brookfield and Karen (Walter) Thieszen of Verona, Wis.; five grandsons, Bradley and Aaron Kaufmann, and Christian, Michael and Reuben Horst; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Herman; two brothers-in-law, Adin Murray and Leslie Mumaw; and two sisters-in-law, Esther Gerber and Mabel Gerber.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, with the Rev. Earl Sears officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Springs Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday in the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Willow Springs Mennonite Church in Tiskilwa; the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) of DuPage County, 2100 Manchester Road, Building B, Suite 925, Wheaton, IL 60187; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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