Ruth Ann Gerst

Ruth Ann Gerst

Zanesville: Ruth Ann Gerst, 69 of Zanesville, died 3:00 PM Friday, January 25, 2013 at her daughter's residence following a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born Thursday, November 4, 1943 in Zanesville, the daughter of Robert Long and Mary Louise (Adrian) Long. She married Andrew H. "Andy" Gerst on Tuesday, October 18, 1966 and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Ruth Ann was a graduate of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing, retiring from Good Samaritan Hospital following many years of service as a registered nurse. She loved collecting Hallmark Ornaments, and enjoyed traveling. Ruth Ann was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Ruth Ann is survived by her husband: Andy Gerst; one daughter: Susan Zemba of Zanesville; two sons: John (John Rodriguez) Gerst of Plano, TX and Kyle (Pam Eames) Gerst of Burlington, VT; three grandchildren: Dalton Zemba, Payton Zemba and Tucker Zemba; three brothers: Bill Long, Joe & Beth Long both of Zanesville and Tom & Jennifer Long of Rutland and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ruth Ann was preceded in death by one nephew: Tommy Long.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at The Hillis Funeral Home, 935 Forest Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 144 North Fifth Street with Fr. Jordan Turano, OP as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Genesis Morrison House Hospice, 713 Forest Avenue, Zanesville, OH 43701 in Ruth Ann's memory. To sign the online register please visit

Funeral Home

Hillis, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home
935 Forest Avenue Zanesville, OH 43701
(740) 452-5494

Published in the Times Recorder on Jan. 28, 2013