Joseph E. Gerz
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KEY WEST, FL: Joseph "Joe" E. Gerz, 59, of Key West, formerly of Lancaster, Ohio, joined the Lord on April 13, 2012 after an extended illness.
He leaves behind his best buddy, the sunshine of his life, his loving wife of 31 years, Gayla, also his little buddy, Angel Bird.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Joan Gerz of Lancaster, Ohio; and his faithful dog, Betty.
He is survived by his sister, Charlene "Frankie" Wilkins; and niece, Mandy Wilkins; one uncle, John "Jack" Gerz, all of Lancaster, Ohio; his beautiful granddaughter, Abbi Coyle and the Coyle family of Newark, Ohio; his daughter, Heather Weber and granddaughter, Caitlin Weber, both of Pataskla, Ohio; and many wonderful friends in Key West and Lancaster.
Special thanks to all the doctors and staff at Lower Keys Medical Center and the Key West Convalescent Center for their great care and kindness. They have become our second family. Thanks also to the Sheraton Hotel Suites for their help and support.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012. A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m on Wednesday. Dean Lopez Funeral Home is handling all arrangements.
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Apr. 17, 2012