Deanna L. Gerken, age 78 years, of Archbold, passed away Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2016, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home in Wauseon.
She was born April 12, 1937, at Wauseon, the daughter of Orlen and Marie Burkholder, and married Harlan Gerken on April 11, 1959.
A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, she was a homemaker and waitress in local restaurants. She enjoyed camping and snowmobiling, and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold.
She is survived by her husband, Harlan; three children, Jodi (Scott) Bernath of Evansport, Tom (Jodi) Gerken of Archbold, and Jill (Dave) Helton of Defiance; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rita (Darwin) Beck of Ridgeville Corners.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Don Burkholder and Bob Burkholder.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church with Father Stephen Stanbury officiating. Interment will follow in the Archbold Cemetery.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Great Lakes Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or the donor’s favorite charity. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.