In Memory

John Gerken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GERKEN
John, 68, life long resident of Paramus, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Before retiring John was a CPA and earned his degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

Cherished father of daughters, Kristina Gerken, Lisa Gerken and Lindsay Gerken. Loving uncle to Kathy O'Brien and the late Bobby Schmidt and loving brother to the late Loretta Schmidt.  John also leaves behind his faithful dog, Stitches.

 

 



 
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10/16/14 05:35 PM #1    

Sharon Garber (Crump)

I AM SO SADDENED BY YOUR PASSING.  WE  HAVE HAD SUCH PHONE CALLS,  SUCH FUN. I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON SATURDAY. I FELT BADLY HAVING TO FORGO THE REUNION AND I AM SHAKEN BY YOUR DEATH.  YOU FOUGHT WITH SO MANY HEALTH ISSUES YET MARCHED ON.  I WILL MISS OUR PHONE CALLS AND HAVE MANY MEMORIES STARTING IN 7th GRADE. I LOVED YOU AND OUR FRIENDSHIP. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.  ALWAYS, SHARON

 


10/17/14 09:58 AM #2    

Lyle Hatch

I am saddened and surprised to hear about John's passng. I have known him since my days of Christ Lutheran Church on Farview Avenue. I recall so vividly with Gary Mayer the mighty trio went to our first lights out party at Cheryl Moriak's house next to old firehouse also on Farview Ave. The last time I saw John was at Home Depot on Route 17 about twelve years ago and he was deeply set back by the passing of his wife or exwife if memory serves me. We exchanged phone numbers as I was back in Paramus after my second divorce and invited him to a house party I was hosting, Unfortunately his frame of mind was not up to attending a social gathering at that point. It is difficult to beleive that both John and Gary are gone, but I will always cherish the fun memories that the three of us shared. I will pray that his deliverance into the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ where he will join his wife  and other family members as a welcomed addiition.

May the Blessings and Comfort of Our Heavenly Savior be with his family and loved ones. He was a nice, great person as Gary Mayer.

God Bless,

Lyle & Family


02/03/15 12:22 PM #3    

Ira Goldberg

 

 

John, another comrade of Miss Altman's fourth grade class at Memorial. He went out of his way to be friendly when I arrived in Paramus midway through the year.

We lost touch for years until I started work at a NYC law firm and discovered John as the firm's comptroller.
He hadn't changed at all and it was a pleasure to renew our friendship.


02/05/15 09:57 PM #4    

Richard Grefrath

John was a stalwart member of our daily lunchtime softball crew in 7th and 8th grades at Memorial School.  We played on the smaller field with the small backstop (no bleachers) at the dead end of Monroe Avenue, within view of the adjacent woods and Ron Carletta’s house.  John was a terrific player and always among the first picked when “choosing up sides.”



 


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