Eileen D. Gaerke, 88, Portland, Indiana, died at 7:35 PM March 12, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IN. She was born November 26, 1922, in St. Henry, OH, to the late Lawrence Franck and the late Mary Gelhaus. On January 20, 1944, she married the late Harold J. Gaerke, who died November 3, 2002.
Surviving are 3 sons - Thomas (Rita) Gaerke of Portland, IN, Steve Gaerke & Fiancee' Jutta Sonnefeldt of Chicago, IL, and Harold L. (Patricia) Gaerke of Geneva, IN; 5 daughters - Diana (Don) Collins of Portland, IN, Sharon (Don) Link of Union City, IN, Peggy Starr of Fort Wayne, IN, Janice (Randy) Pitsenbarger of Versilles, OH, and Marjorie (Jeffrey) Baker of Bristol, IN; 30 grandchildren; 36 Great-Grandchildren; 3 Sister-In-Laws - Laura Franck of St. Henry, OH, Luella Franck of Coldwater, OH, and Rita Franck of St. Henry, OH; .
Deceased are sister, Genevieve Stachler, sister, Lucy Hoelscher, brother, Raymond Franck, brother, Ferd Franck, brother, Ed Franck, brother, Leo Franck, brother, Florence Franck, brother, Walter Franck, brother, Malcolm Franck, and brother, Paul Franck.
She was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Funeral mass is 10:30 AM, Wednesday at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, Ohio, Fr. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial is at St. Marys Cemetery, Ft. Recovery.
Calling is 2:00 PM-8:00 PM Tuesday and 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Wednesday at Brockman - Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.