Sunday, August 16, 2015

Alfonzo Gerner - Sunday's Obituary

This obituary and funeral notice were published on January 30, 1952, in the Butler Eagle, page 13.  Alfonzo is the second child of Fred and Elvira (Bartley) Gerner.

         Alfonzo F. Gerner
   Alfonzo F. Gerner, 77, died at
noon yesterday in his home at
Bruin, of a heart attack.
   Mr. Gerner was a son of the
late Fred and Elvira Bartley
Gerner, and  had spent most of
his life in Bruin.  He was the
husband of the late Mona Covert
Gerner.  He was born in West
Virginia, July 25, 1874.
   Surviving are a son, Ross, of
Bruin; five sisters, Mrs. Mabel
Bannon and Mrs. Leota Holland
of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Della
Fletcher of Massillon, O., Mrs.
Brenda Davis of Louisville, O., and
Mrs. Alma Kitch of Bruin; three
borthers [sic], Warren Gerner of Cali-
fornia, John Gerner of Middle-
town, O., and Paul Gerner of
   Mr. Gerner was a member of
the Methodist Church of Petrolia.

The funeral notice:
GERNER---Friends of Alfonzo F. Gerner
   of Bruin, who died Tuesday, Jan. 29,
   1952, will be received at the Hepler
   Funeral Home, Petrolia...  Funeral
   services will be held at 2 p.m. Fri-
   day, from the funeral home, with the
   Rev. C. C. Headland, pastor of the
   Methodist Church of Petrolia, offi-
   ciating, assisted by the Rev. Frank-
   lin Kreps, pastor of the Bruin Free
   Methodist Church.  Burial will be in
   the Bear Creek Cemetery.  Arrange-
   ments by Hepler Funeral Home,
In the obituary Alfonzo's wife's name is noted as Mona but research causes me to conclude that it was actually Nona.  As far as I know now, all other information is correct.


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  1. Hmm, now I'm wondering what "Free Methodist" means.

    1. That's something I didn't wonder about, Wendy. (Strange since I wonder about so very many things in the times of my ancestors.) I learned more at

    2. Thanks for the link! Very interesting ~

    3. Thanks for the link! Very interesting ~


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