Thomas J. Gerg

Thomas J. Gerg, 82, of 550 North Michael Street, St. Marys, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2020, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, following a brief illness.

Born in St Marys, on September 15, 1937, Tom was the son of the late Marcellus “Dutch” and Rose (Arnold) Gerg.  On July 27, 1963, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Marjorie (Fernan) Gerg, who survives.  Tom attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and was a 1955 graduate of Central Catholic High School.  In 1959, he graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation from Villanova, he joined Airco Speer Carbon Company.  During his tenure at Airco, Tom spent three years at the Niagara Falls, NY division, working to expand their production capabilities.  He stayed with Airco for 26 years, having attained the position of Director of Manufacturing at the time of his departure.  In 1985, he founded Center Carbon Company, which through his extraordinary work ethic, he grew into a successful business.  He continued to work full time at the company he loved, right up until the time of his illness.

Tom spent a significant portion of his life in devoted service to the development and expansion of the water system that serves both St. Marys and Fox Township.  For the past 46 years, Tom has served as Chairman of the Board of the St. Marys Area Water Authority.  The year 2020 marks Tom’s 50th year of service on the Board, when he is slated to receive the “Extended Service Award” from the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, an award very few Pennsylvanians have ever achieved.

In his younger years, Tom was involved in the Boy Scouts, earning one of the first PA Explorer Scout Silver Awards.  He enjoyed youthful entrepreneurial pursuits with his brother Ken, including paper routes and running trap lines.  Tom was a longtime member of the Crystal Fire Department, where he drove trucks and became their first certified scuba diver.  He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a past Grand Knight.  He was a member of the Airco trap & skeet team, and later on the Center Carbon trap team.

Tom greatly enjoyed driving his motorhome across the country, taking many trips over the years with extended family.  He and Marge saw the world while enjoying many ocean and river cruises with their friends.  Tom loved drag racing, often attending the Gator Nationals Drag Racing competition in Florida with his son, and also racing himself at the St Marys Airport competitions in his much loved “Yellow Bird”, a 1973 Dodge Dart.  For many years, he looked forward to annual fishing trips with his buddies to Lake Nipissing in Canada.  He also enjoyed hunting and had fond memories of serving as a driver during hunts at Trout Run.  His later hunting seasons were spent at his beloved Camp Depression, where he spent summers mowing the lawn and working on upkeep.  He was very proud of his status as a Tennessee Squire, an honor bestowed for his loyalty to “Old No. 7”.

Along with his wife Marge, he is survived by a daughter, Ann Gerg and a son, Bill Gerg, both of St Marys; one brother, Ken (Joanne) Gerg of Emporium; a sister-in-law, Molly Fernan and brother-in-law, Bill (Susan) Fernan, all of Ridgway, and a sister-in-law, Kay (John) Brocki of Charlotte NC; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by a brother-in-law, John Fernan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Buster Vollmer February 3, 2020 at 6:19 pm

My condolences to Marge, Ann, and Bill.
Draw comfort from your faith, and know that Tom will watch over you.
I am sorry that we will miss the funeral, as we are out of town.

Buster and Suzanne Vollmer

Donna Holjencin February 3, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Dear Marge, Ann, Bill,
You all have my deepest sympathy.
He was a very hard working man. I am so sorry I am out town.
Won’t be able to pay my respects to you all.
Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I will remember the memories of Tom coming to Mersen to pick up or drop off. Great man. God needed another soldier so he was picked.
God bless you all.
Your friend,
Donna Holjencin

Paul and Jodi Fleming February 5, 2020 at 10:27 am

Bill and the Gerg family,
Tom was a great man and will not only be missed by friends and family, but the entire community. My deepest sympathies…

Dave & Susie Weinzierl February 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm

Extending our deepest sympathies to each of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Diane (Total) Lupker February 16, 2020 at 12:17 am

Hi Margie,
It has been years since you’ve heard from me but I wanted to write you and offer our condolences to you after the loss of your husband, Tom.
My brother, Jerry Total, lives on N. St. Marys Street and sent Tom’s obituary to Mom, Rita Total, and she passed it on to me.
Mom was living in FL for over 30 years and has been falling due to balance issues and had a bad one on Dec. 10, 2018.

My husband, Kevin and I, drove to her house to help her and she was in the hospital for a week and rehab for three weeks. They recommended she be put in Assisted Living. She sold her home in Bradenton in 3 days and we convinced her to move to a 2 year old facility a half mile from our house in Beloit, WI. She moved in on March 18, 2019 and likes it. She turned 93 in August last year.

Tom was quite the man and accomplished a lot in his life. Sounds like he was very happy and fulfilled in his life. That is a huge blessing.
We get to St. Marys once a year and stay at the Cozy Afghan B&B on Center Street. Would love to hear from you and see you sometime, if possible!!! Feel free to e-mail me and I’ll pass it on to Mom.

Diane & Kevin Lupker

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