In memory of
Norman "Sonny" Gerger
Norman "Sonny" Gerger MANSFIELD: Norman "Sonny" Gerger, age 82 , died peacefully on October 17 at Liberty Nursing Home. He was born in Mansfield on July 27, 1934 to John and Claribel Gerger. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Elaine Marvicsin), nephew (Bob Marvicsin), and his life-long companion, Robert Judt. He is survived by his sister Joan (George) Berick, brother-in-law Steve Marvicsin, many cousins, special cousin, Lucille Yeager, and 7 nieces and nephews: Diane Berick, Rita (Gary) Stoll, Dan (Jenny) Berick, Lori (Terry) Linz, Karen Scott, Gary (Darlene) Marvicsin, Ron Marvicsin. Sonny was born deaf and attended the first classes for the deaf in Mansfield, beginning school at 3 years of age. He was one of only two deaf students in Ohio to graduate from public high school in 1954. He attended Molers College in Cincinnati. Sonny greatly contributed to the deaf community throughout his life. He devoted himself to actively helping others who were deaf and was a true role model for the deaf. He was president of the Buckeye Rainbow Society of the Deaf, as well as a member of the Ohio Association of the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, International Catholic Association of the Deaf, and Advisory Committee of Speech and Hearing Center. Sonny received a Citation for Meritous Service from the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped for his work in this field. Sonny worked as an electrician with his brother-in-law (George) at B&M Electric. He then went to work at the Tappan Company and worked in the print shop from 1960 until his retirement. Sonny had a true spirit of adventure. Throughout his life, he loved to travel. While attending the World Games for the Deaf in Belgrade, Yugoslavia with basketball player and friend, Jerry Studer, he then visited 12 countries in Europe. Sonny traveled throughout Mexico and Canada. He especially loved Hawaii. Sonny always made everything fun. He never let being deaf stop him, from driving in his sporty convertible to being the best dancer on the floor to being open to all new experiences. This special man will remain forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Friends may call Wednesday, October19 from 4-7 p.m. at Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Ave. West, Mansfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, officiated by Father Jeremy Miller. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. Memorial Contributions to the Monsignor Dunn Foundation or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home. www.herlihy-chambers.com
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