Barbara Gerken

Obituary of Barbara Gerken

Barbara Ann Gerken (nee Spindler), 80, of Vermilion, died Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Mercy New Life Hospice after a short illness.

She was born October 2, 1941 in Marietta, OH and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 62 years moving from Lorain.

Barbara worked for Captain Larry's restaurant as a server for many years.

Barbara was an active member of St. Mary Parish, Vermilion; a founding member of the AMVETS Post 22 Women's Auxillary, a poll worker for Erie County for 25 years, the first female Bailiff in Erie County, former volunteer at New Life Hospice, she loved going to concerts, dining with friends, and spending time with family. She had a deep love for animals.

She is survived by her sons, Steven (Anita) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Michael (Valerie) of Lorain and James of Lorain; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth (Sandy) Spindler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald C. Gerken in 2008; parents, Herbert and Anna (nee Strahler) Spindler.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4 - 7 pm at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, Ohio. Funeral services will be Friday, November 19, 2021 at 10 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Animal Sanctuary Inc, 12516 Cherry Road, Vermilion or The Salvation Army of Vermilion, 4560 Liberty Ave, Vermilion.

Online condolences may be made at



4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Riddle Funeral Home
5345 South Street
Vermilion, Ohio, United States

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10:00 am - 10:30 am
Friday, November 19, 2021
Riddle Funeral Home
5345 South Street
Vermilion, Ohio, United States
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