Velma D. Gerken

Feb. 28, 1927-July 27, 2020

Velma D. Gerken, 93, of Napoleon, Ohio, died peacefully Monday, July 27, 2020, at Genacross – Napoleon Lutheran Home.

She was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Adams Township, Defiance County, to the late Carl and Erna (Bostelman) Baden. On April 11, 1948, she married Delbert C. Gerken, and he preceded her in death Aug. 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 V.F.W. 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. Thursday, July 30 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.

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