Betty Gerlach

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PIQUA — Betty A. Gerlach, age 88, of Piqua, went home to be with the Lord at 12:09 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney, Ohio.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Aug. 16, 1926, to Ben and Marie (Magato) Borges. On March 15, 1944, she married Victor Gerlach Sr. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2010.

Betty is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John and Chris Gerlach, Piqua, Ohio; one daughter, Vicky Kearns, Sidney, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Tammy, Jeff, Robbie, Doug, Joe, Randy, Jim, Betty, Kelly and Travis; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Gerlach and Victor Gerlach Jr., one daughter, Joyce Covault, one brother, Richard Borges, and one sister, Mary Garbig.

Betty was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua. She was a loving homemaker. Betty loved to go fishing, camping, shopping and traveling.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday March 28, 2015, at St. Boniface Church, Piqua with the Rev. Thomas Bolte as celebrant. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, 310 South Downing Street, Piqua, OH 45356.

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Piqua, OH 45356
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015