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From complications of Parkinson's disease on Saturday, December 29, 2012, Joan Becker Gerhard, age 81, of Franklin Park. Beloved wife of John J. Gerhard; mother of Lynne (Jeffrey) Halik of Rochester, NY, Dan (Cindy ) Gerhard of Brooklyn, NY, and Jennifer (Jeffrey) Gerhard Mangone of Ross Twp.; grandmother of Wendy and Scott Halik and Anna Gerhard; step- grandmother to Jeffrey, Jr. and Gina Mangone; sister of Jack Becker and Constance (Michael) Jennings. Born in the Bronx, NY, she and John raised their family in Mineola, NY, retiring to Pittsburgh in 1991. She was a devoted wife and mother, possessing multiple talents as mentor, seamstress, classical piano player and teacher, imparting her passion for music to her children. She was a founder and the first president of the Cultural Arts Council in Mineola, NY. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nassau College, Long Island, NY. She had a valiant 20 year struggle with Parkinson's disease. Friends and family received Friday 7-9 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m. at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Hwy.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, 2013
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