Jacqueline Eleanor Gerstner, 85, formerly of 704 Edward St., St. Marys, died on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Otterbein St. Marys, where she had made her home for the past 15 months.
Jackie was born on Dec. 19, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only child of Alvin and Bertice (McBride) Hencken. She grew up in the village of New Rumley, and graduated from nearby Scio High School in 1946. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Ohio State University in 1950, and worked for a year at a women’s reformatory in Pennsylvania.
On June 23, 1951, she married Max W. Gerstner, whom she had met at Ohio State. They settled in St. Marys, his hometown, where he was an engineer at Goodyear, and she was a homemaker and, when her children were older, a salesperson at Durnell and Sons Jewelers.
Jackie is survived by seven children, Ruth A. Gerstner of Upper Arlington; Mary T. Gerstner of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Bruce W. (Maura) Gerstner of Fleetwood, Pa.; Jean E. (Michael) Renbarger of Chamberlain, S.D.; Catherine L. Gerstner of Huntersville, N.C.; Janet C. Keenan of Cincinnati; and George R. Gerstner of Ostrander; as well as three grandchildren David M. Renbarger of Spearfish, S.D.; Elizabeth G. Renbarger of Chamberlain, S.D.; and Abigail C. Keenan of Cincinnati.
She is also survived by five brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Gilbert and Frances Gerstner of Springboro; Mary E. Gerstner of Huber Heights; John and Nickolae Gerstner of Menifee, Calif.; James Gerstner of Huber Heights; Thomas Gerstner of Tipp City; and Robert Gerstner of St. Marys, who was a tremendous support to both Max and Jackie in their later years.
Jackie was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Progress Club, and the Mothers Study Club. When her children were in school, she was active in Girl Scouts, MHS Band Parents, and Holy Rosary PTA and CCD. Her interests included cooking and baking, history, current events, and animals, especially cats. Before his death in 2005, she and Max enjoyed traveling and socializing with their many long-time friends in the community.
The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Miller- Long Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, the Rev. Barry Stechschulte presiding.
The family suggests that those wishing to make memorial contributions designate them to the Agape Food Pantry or the Auglaize County Humane Society, or a charity of their choice that focuses on child or animal welfare.