Roberta Gerstner

Born: Mon., Aug. 18, 1930
Died: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 21, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Nov. 24, 2017
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 24, 2017
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

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Roberta Lou (Jones) Gerstner, 87, passed away surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters on November 18, 2017, at Rest Haven nursing home in Greenville, Ohio.

She was born on August 16, 1930.  She grew up on a farm near Cosmos, Ohio and graduated from Jackson High School in 1948.

Roberta loved music and singing from an early age. One of her proudest accomplishments was being the majorette of the Jackson High School marching band.  As an adult, she was active in the Ansonia Chapter of Eastern Star, serving as “Worthy Matron,” was “Guardian” of Jobs Daughters, Bethel 118, and was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist church and choir in Union City, Ohio.

She met her husband of 64 years, Melvin “Gus” Gerstner, at a softball game in Union City, Indiana. They married in February 1950 and raised two daughters together.

Roberta worked at the A&P grocery store and the Apothecary Shoppe for many years.  She was a huge Cincinnati Reds fan and an even bigger fan of talk show host David Letterman.

Every year at the holidays, she made pounds of her famous peanut butter fudge to share with friends and neighbors.  

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Treva (Vining) Jones; sister, Marilyn (Jones) Graham; brother, Morris Gene Jones; twin brother, Robert Jones; husband, Melvin “Gus” Gerstner.

Survivors include daughters, Jennifer (Roger) Reese, Lisa (Scott) Butt; granddaughters, Sharilyn (Christoph Fuhrmans) Hufford, Jessica (Chris Lences) Hufford, Alyssa (Steve) Gower; grandson, Curtis Butt; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Thea Fuhrmans, Audrey and Caleb Gower.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Rest Haven Nursing Home and State of the Heart Hospice for their loving support and services to Granny.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to State of the Heart Hospice, Greenville, Ohio or the Evangelic United Methodist Church, Union City, Ohio with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Visitation hours will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at the Reichard Funeral Home Inc., Union City, Indiana.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, November 24, with an hour of visitation prior to services also at the funeral home Burial will follow in the Snell Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Bob Williams
   Posted Tue November 21, 2017
Jennifer and Lisa I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Both of your parents were wonderful individuals who shared with others in many ways. Helping to support every person or cause in their orbit. They will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Linda Barnum Palmer
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
So sorry to hear about your mother. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Roy & Pam Younger Naomi R. Green
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018
Roberta's family, So sorry to hear about Roberta. God Bless your family at this difficult time in your lives.

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