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Robert Edward Leigh Gerke

1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Robert Edward Leigh Gerke Obituary
Robert Edward Leigh Gerke


Robert "Bob" Edward Leigh Gerke, born in Trenton, NJ on July 7, 1932, entered into his eternal rest on April 6, 2017. Beloved husband of 51 years to Teresa E. Merlino Gerke, Bob resided in the greater Trenton area for much of his life before moving to Barnegat, NJ. His family, daughters and sons-in-law Cynthia (Gerke) and Larry Newman and Nicole (Gerke) and Steven Colby, grandchildren Jenna and Zack Newman, and nieces, nephews and sister-in-law, will never forget his kindness and genuine interest in their lives. Bob was a graduate of Trenton High School, Trenton State College, the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University. An educator for over 55 years, he reveled in the successes of his students at Steinert High School, Lawrence High School, Trenton State College and Georgian Court University. His acts of mercy and grace were a testament to his living faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to one of the following: Bayside Chapel (, Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church ( or Fisher House to assist military families (

A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will take place on Saturday, April 29 at Bayside Chapel, 965 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005 at 2:00 PM with visitation with the family at 1:00 PM and immediately following the service.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 16, 2017
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