Lois W. Gerken


Lois Wilhelmina Gerken, 91, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 as a result of a tragic car accident near her home.  She was born on May 23, 1925 to Paul and Amelia (Gerken) Nagel in Defiance County.  She graduated from NRA Jewell, Ohio in 1942. She worked at C.J. Ramus Co. in Napoleon, Ohio and then at Toledo Edison Company in Defiance. Ohio.  On December 17, 1945, she married Frank W. Gerken who preceded her in death on December 24, 2002.

Lois is survived by her son, Thomas (Lori) Gerken of Napoleon; daughters, Elaine (Jim) Stainbrook of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Bonnie Prescott of Toledo, Ohio; 8 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; and 1great- grandchild expected in July.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; son-in-law, Larry Prescott; and 2 sisters, Lillian Mast and Alvera Bostelman.

Lois had an upholstery business in her home for 30 years.  During that time, she taught upholstery classes at Four-County Joint Vocational School in Adult Education for several years.  She took over Frank's job of Democratic Committee person, Napoleon Township West for 5 years.  She was a poll worker over 30 years.  Lois was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 300, a member of the Harrison Garden Club, and Filling Guild.  She was a loyal member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School for 13 years, a member of WELCA Ladies Organization belonging to its Ruth Circle, and helped with Meals on Wheels and the serving group.

Visitation for Lois will be held from 4p.m. to 8p.m. on Monday, April 17 at Snyder-Wesche-Hoening Funeral Home in Napoleon.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m.  on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon, with  visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Pastor James Castello will officiate.  Memorial donations are suggested to Emanuel Lutheran Church.  


Monday, April 17, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm

830 Scott St, Napoleon, OH, 43545

Snyder-Wesche-Hoening Funeral Home

  Funeral Service

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Emanuel Lutheran Church, corner of Clinton and Scott St., Napoleon, Ohio

Emanuel Lutheran Church, Napoleon, Ohio

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Andrea Knetz Henne

Mrs.Gerken was a wonderful Brownie Scout leader at Central Elementary-1960-1961. I remember her ever-present smile and kind demeanor. My sympathy to Tom, Elaine, and Bonnie.

 Posted April 14, 2017 - 11:12pm
Kay Gessner

I was saddened to hear of Lois' passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Kay Gessner

 Posted April 14, 2017 - 2:25pm
Jackie and Rick Metz

May her memory forever be eternal!

 Posted April 12, 2017 - 4:18pm

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