February 28, 1927 - July 27, 2020
Velma D. Gerken, 93, of Napoleon, Ohio died peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Genacross – Napoleon Lutheran Home. She was born February 28, 1927 in Adams Twp., Defiance Co. to the late Carl and Erna (Bostelman) Baden. On April 11, 1948, she married Delbert C. Gerken and he preceded her in death on August 15, 2004. Velma was a homemaker. She was a faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wauseon and donated time making quilts. She was very active in the Napoleon VFW along with her husband Delbert and she served as the President of the Ladies auxiliary from 1988-2013. She was also a member of Ridgeville American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She is survived by her children; Randy (Deb) Gerken, Elaine (Roger) Borstelman, Margaret Stubbs of Nebraska, Dennis Gerken, Gary Gerken, and Kevin Gerken; grandchildren; Jason, Andrew, Krista, Andrea, Katie, Matthew, Brianne, Brandon, Logan, Cole, Hunter, and Kaelyn; 22 great grandchildren; brother, Harlin (June) Baden, and sister-in-law, Mary Baden. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Gerken; brother; Lawrence, and sister, Renetta Schneuker. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 30th at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wauseon with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Genacross of Napoleon, St. Luke Lutheran Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Due to the current health conditions surrounding COVID-19, masks will be required to attend services or visitation in accordance with the State. Please also respect social distancing and make use of the website to contact the family if you are not feeling well.
Velma D. Gerken, 93, of Napoleon, Ohio died peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Genacross – Napoleon Lutheran Home. She was born February 28, 1927 in Adams Twp., Defiance Co. to the late Carl and Erna (Bostelman) Baden. On April 11,... View Obituary & Service Information
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