Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mrs. Fred Gerner Dies Following Long Illness - an obituary

After posting Elvira Bartley Gerner's birthday, I realized that I hadn't posted her death certificate or any of her obituaries. Today I'm rectifying part of that lack by posting one of her obituaries.

Similar obituaries for Elvira were published in three different newspapers:
The Butler Eagle, Friday, February 5, 1943, page 2, a Butler County, Pennsylvania newspaper and
The Struthers [Ohio] Journal, Thursday, February 11, 1943, page 5, column 7, and the one below in The Youngstown Vindicator.

Correction to the information below: "Dickson" should be "Dixon."
Additional information about her children:
Bessie Leota was Mrs. Fred Holland. Lana Ellen was Mrs. W. [William] H. Snair. Mrs. Charles Fletcher was Della Virginia. Mary Alma was Mrs. Alma Kitch, divorced from Frank/Francis Kitch at the time of Elvira's death. Mabel Lodenia was Mrs. Merle Double. Brendice Kathryn was Mrs. Ray Davis. and A. F. Gerner was Alonzo.

This obituary comes from The Youngstown [Ohio] Vindicator, Thursday, February 4, 1943, page 11, column 5.

Mrs. Fred Gerner Dies Following Long Illness

Mrs. Elvira Gerner, aged 88, mother of 16 children, 10 of whom are still living, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Holland, 561 Fourth St., Struthers. She had been in ill health several months.

A daughter of the late Dickson and Rebecca Smith Bartley, Mrs. Gerner was born May 12, 1854, in Bruin, Pa., where she lived until six years ago when she moved to Struthers. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Bruin. July 24, 1872, Mrs. Gerner married Fred Gerner who died 17 years ago.

Besides her daughter Mrs. Holland, Mrs. Gerner leaves five daughters, Mrs. W. H. Snair of Steubenville, Mrs. Charles Fletcher of Bruin, Pa., Mrs. Alma Kitch of Struthers, Mrs. Merle Double of Youngstown and Mrs. Ray Davis of Louisville, O.; four sons, A. F. Gerner of Karns City, Pa., John of New Middletown, Warren of Petersburg, Pa., and Paul of Bruin, Pa.; 39 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. LaVina Steele of Bruin, Pa., and Mrs. Charles Steele of Noble, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p. m. Thursday at the Davidson Funeral Home in Struthers. The body will be taken to Bruin, Pa., for funeral services and burial Saturday.

Elvira is buried in Bear Creek Cemetery, near Petrolia in Butler County, Pennsylvania.


  1. Nancy

    I see you are researching Holmes. I will try to follow; I'm one of those ones whose blog is still not up and running.

    Mairse Dotes and Dosie Dotes


I appreciate your comments and look forward to reading what you have to say. Thanks for stopping by.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...