Walnut: - Funeral services for Gerhard Weerts or Walnut were held Monday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran of Ohio with the Rev. William Ufkes, officiating. Mrs. Glenn Hansen was soloist and Mrs. Melvin Grossman organist. Pallbearers were Alvin Birkey, Scott Gerbitz, Charles Keigwin, Willard Burkey, Clarel Brown and Patrick Broeren. Interment was in the Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory to the First Lutheran Church of Ohio and the Heart Fund.

Gerhard Weerts was born May 14, 1904 in Langefeld, Osfriesland, Germany, the son of Henry and Margareta Heeren Weerts. In 1929, at the age of 25, he came to the United States and lived and worked on the Dave Parsons farm.

He was united in marriage to Jabina Amelia Peters in June 1936 in Melvin. The past 34 years he farmed in the Walnut area. His wife, Jabina Amelia Peters Weerts died March 13, 1961. He was united in marriage to Ella Muller Gerders, on Oct. 12, 1962.

He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Ohio. He was past president of Church Council and the Brotherhood. He was also an active member of the Holstein Dairy Association for many years.

He is survived by his widow, Etta; two daughters, Mrs. Ivan (Mona) Rudiger of Brookfield, Wis., and Mrs. Leonard (Katherine) Vick of Walnut; and six stepchildren: Herbert and Edward Gerdes of Walnut, Mrs. Delano (Helen) Sutton of Mendota, Mrs. George (Dolores) Thompson of Naperville, Mrs. Henry Porten of Alexandria, Va., and Larry Gerdes of Groveland; 20 grandchildren; and six brothers, Rayo Weerts of Sterling; Stebo, Eacard, Johann, Henry and Wilhelm Weerts of Germany and two sisters, Anna Weerts Saathoff and Mim Weerts Brade, all of Germany.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, September 3, 1975 - Wednesday, page 6, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)




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