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Ellen (Penrod) Gerber, 88, passed away on June 17, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Born on June 24, 1928 in South Fork, PA. The daughter of the late Wilbur Earl and Inzie N. (Chapple) Penrod. Preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph William Gerber of 58 years. Survived by her children Keith (Caroline), Johnstown, PA; Sharon (Ray) Constable, Buchanan, MI; Dennis (Isabelle), Baltimore, MD; and Joseph (Candy), St. Joseph, MI; 15 Grandchildren; 17 Great Grandchildren; and one great-great grandson; brother Freddy (Virginia); sister Nancy (Casmir) Szwast; and Lucy (Jack) Reese; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her siblings: Earl, June, Regina (Krajewski), Ruby (Rice), Phyllis (Karam), Samuel, Ronald, Donald, Lowell; and great grandson Ryan Arnold. Esther graduated 1948 from Adams High School, Sidman, PA and worked at Glosser Bros; Woolworth and the Hello Shop. Esther was always a friend to everyone she met. She really missed her lady friends at Valley Pike Manor when she had to leave Johnstown. Friends will be received on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the FRANCIS G. OZOG FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 710 Broad Street, Johnstown, PA, where vigil will be held. Funeral mass will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Fr. Clarence Bridges, with interment at St. Josephs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Ryans Hope Foundation, PO Box 7452, York, PA 17404, which supports pediatric cancer patients affected by Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (*DIPG). Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fgozogfuneralhome.com
Published on June 27, 2017
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