Shirley (Ross) Gerg

Shirley (Ross) Gerg, 84, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 121 Parkway Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.

She was born December 29, 1927 in Hicks Run, PA, daughter of the late Patrick and Mildred Ford Ross.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1946.  She served as the Cafeteria Manager at the Elk County Catholic High School from 1975 to 2001 and had been a co-owner of the Olympic Bar and Restaurant in St. Marys.

On May 6, 1950 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Edwin G. Gerg who preceded her in death on September 15, 2003.

She is survived by five daughters, Nancy (Dennis Sr.) Wilson of St. Marys, Lisa (Darrell) Silkensen of Central Point, OR, Joanne (Aaron) Straub of St. Marys, Marcia (Mitchell) Wolfe of Danville, CA, Diane Imbrogno and her fiancé Dan Jordan of Kane; five sons, Patrick (Rita) Gerg of Weedville, Douglas (Mary) Gerg of St. Marys, Bernard (Valerie) Gerg of St. Marys, Paul (Diane) Gerg of Strongsville, OH and James Gerg (Kathie Renaud) of St. Marys; 24 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters, Carolyn (Henry) Cowan of DuBois and Marlene Thomas of Reading, PA; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ross of Escondido, CA.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Mazzaferro; a brother, Patrick Ross; a grandson, Brandon Gerg;
and a granddaughter, Anne Wilson.

Mrs. Gerg was a member of the Sacred Heart Church where she was a former member of the Church Choir and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Eric Vogt OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic High School Athletic Association, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857, Community Nurses, Inc. Memorial Fund, Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857, Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the Sacred Heart Church, 325 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Joan Smith May 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Shirley was very capable in whatever she had committed to do. Always very helpful. I never heard her criticize anyone.

Nancy Weirich Salter May 4, 2012 at 4:51 am

My Sympathy to the Families.

Ed Warmbrodt May 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

It’s not an easy part of life to accept, but we all can be consoled by the promise of Our Lord Jesus Christ; that we will spend eternity with Him when we leave this earth.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, especially Pat, Rita and their boys.
IN GOD’s LOVE……Ed and Charlene Warmbrodt

Denise Sarnoski May 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Prayers go out to the entire family. Also sending prayers out to you from my father, Wayne Shaffer.

Eric Reuscher May 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Joanne, I am so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Please know you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful woman.


Aurelia and Laddie Cochrane May 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

Laddie and I are so very sorry for the loss of Shirley. She truly was a wonderful, special person.

The Eddy's May 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

I am so sorry I couldn’t be there this weekend as I was with the kids in Wildwood….please accept our sympathies, and know our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We are so happy for your Mother as she enters her true reward with our Lord, she is so deserving. What a wonderful woman she was and you all were so attentive to her during her days at Pinecrest, I have missed seeing you the past few weeks… The F wing at Pinecrest has lost a couple wonderful ladies !
Paula, Ric and Monica

Joy (Rippy) Henn May 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It has been a long time since I have been in St. Marys, but I have many memories of the neighborhood and your mother. She was always so nice and would visit with my mother quite often.

Nick and Margie May 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Shirley. She will always be remembered for her kindness and smiling face. Know that our prayers remain with you and Shirley as she rests in peace. God Bless you and God Bless Shirley.
Nick and Margie Shaffer Fritz

Laura (Arnold) and Brian Claypool May 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all of your families! Your mom was such a wonderful lady! Always enjoyed her beautiful smile! Know that we are thinking of you, and have your families in our prayers during this difficult time.

Laura and Brian

The Zelts May 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Joanne, our sympathy goes out to you and your family in the loss of your beloved Mother. You are in our prayers.

John and Mary Beth

Libby Herbstritt May 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Joann, Alli and family; Paul and family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your mom/gram… she always had a smile. Losing them is hard but know they are at peace and in the hands of God and back with those who have also passed. You were there for her and she always enjoyed your visits. You will be in my prayers.

Chris (Gnan) Vallone May 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm

My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a great lady and always had a smile on her face. She touched so many lives and will be missed.
Ram, if you see this know i think of you often. Your mom had a special place in everyone’s heart and I am very sorry for all of you.
My prayers are with you and your whole family.

Chris (Gnan) Vallone

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