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Barbara Gercken

January 18, 2023

Barbara Gercken Obituary

Barbara Gercken died on January 18; she was 79 years old. 
Barbara was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in Bergenfield. 
She graduated with a history degree from Douglass College and a Master’s in Library Science from Rutgers University. She spent her professional life as a children’s librarian, most of it at the Barberton Public Library, where she introduced countless young people to the pleasures of books and reading through her library and school programs. 
Barbara was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Canton. She was a long-time Girl Scout leader and enjoyed singing with Stark Senior Sing. She was an avid environmentalist. Barbara was an active volunteer at the food pantry in Barberton, The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Fort Laurens, and St. Joseph Church, but the love and pleasure of Barbara’s life was her family. 
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard; sisters, Mary Lue Paczkowski (Robert) of Las Vegas, Nev. and Sheila Thompson (Michael) of Tucson, Ariz.; son, David (Leigh Anne) of Sanford, N.C.; daughter, Becca (Simón) of Morris, Minn.; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
Calling hours are at Heitger Funeral Home - Jackson Chapel, 5850 Wales Ave NW, Massillon on Monday, January 23, 2023 from 4 pm - 7 pm. The funeral mass is Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2427 Tuscarawas St. W., Canton, Ohio 44708, with interment at The Wilderness Center for family only. 
The family wishes to thank the medical and nursing staffs of 7 Main, 8 Main, and the ICU of Mercy Medical Center.
 Memorials may be made to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank of Barberton and the Barberton Public Library. 
Condolences to the family may be made at
Heitger Funeral Home and Crematory 330-830-0148

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January 23, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Heitger Funeral Home-Jackson Chapel
5850 Wales Ave. N.W.
Jackson Township, OHIO 44646

Funeral Mass
January 24, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
2427 Tuscarawas St. W.,
Canton, OH 44708


Akron Canton Food Bank
350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron OH 44307-2234

Barberton Public Library
602 W. Park, Barberton OH 44203


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