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
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
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)