Gerry was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish and a member of the church choir. She worked in the cafeteria for both St. Henry’s Seminary and Althoff Catholic High School. Gerry was an avid athlete who loved playing volleyball, softball, golf, and basketball in her younger years. She enjoyed playing pinochle, attending Althoff football games, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.
She was preceded in death by a son, Steve Gehrs; her parents, Joseph and Amanda, nee Hartlage, Knies; a brother, Thomas Knies; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Nicholas Gehrs, whom she married in Breese, IL;
three sons, Nick (Joan) Gehrs, Mark (Heidi) Gehrs, and Tim Gehrs;
nine grandchildren, Jacob (Melissa), Lucas, Leah, Phillip (Megan), Gretchen, Clare, Kate, Charlie and Lydia;
a great-granddaughter, Ella;
a sister and brother-in-law, Phyliss (Tom) Grotts;
many nieces and nephews;
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, Althoff Catholic High School, or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2017, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.