Stella (Maykowski) Gerlach

Born: Sun., Nov. 15, 1925
Died: Sat., Sep. 16, 2017


10:00 AM Wed., Sep. 20, 2017

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Stella Gerlach, 91, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 16th, 2017 at her residence in Hermitage, PA with family at her side.  
Stella was born on November 15th, 1925 to Stanley and Josephine Maykowski in Farrell, PA. She graduated from Farrell High School class of 1944 and continued her education at the Shenango Valley Commercial Institute in Sharon, PA. Stella worked in the superintendent’s office at Farrell High School, for Roberts Petroleum in Masury, OH, Roberts Hardware in Sharon, PA, and for PI&I Motor Express in Masury, OH. Stella was also affectionately known as a homemaker. On October 30th, 1970, she married the late George D. Gerlach in Virginia, who passed away in June of 2001. They made their home in Hermitage, PA.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus-Koska Church in Sharon, PA. Stella loved animals. She would always feed the birds, squirrels, and deer that lived near her backyard. She especially loved her last pet cat, Tisha.
Stella is survived by her step children, Cindy Garrett, Betty Shoup, Kitty Piccirilli, Barb McCracken, Patti Yingling, Janice Turna, 18 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by father, Stanley Maykowski, mother, Josephine Maykowski, husband George D. Gerlach, stepsons, George Gerlach Jr., Jack Gerlach, and John Gerlach, a son in law, Robert Yingling, many brothers and sisters Jenny Maykowski, Sophie Ringer, Cecelia Yourga, Genevieve Tomczak, Tenoria Sapala, Victoria Sovesky, John Maykowski, and Marion Maykowski.
Per Stella’s request there will be no services.
Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children 1645 W. 8th Street Erie, PA 16505, in memory of Stella and George Gerlach.

Arrangements entrusted to the Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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David sovesky
   Posted Mon September 18, 2017
So sorry Jeanne and Dave Sovesky

Leslie Sovesky Mulligan
   Posted Mon September 18, 2017
You will truly be missed Aunt Stella. So many years and so many memories. I will keep you alive in my heart. I hope heaven is filled with flowers and all the animals that you enjoyed to watch and feed. You and all the Maykowski family are all together now. You were a kind soul whom I will miss.

Love you
Leslie, Tom and Family

Larry & Cynthia Garrett
   Posted Tue September 19, 2017
May you rest in peace with all of your family ! You will be missed but I know your are smiling and no more pain!!

Cindy & Larry

Tiffani Landers
   Posted Tue September 19, 2017
Grandma Stella it's so hard to believe that you are gone. So many of my greatest childhood memories were with you and Grandpa Gerlach. I will forever cherish all of the Christmas dinners at your house, Mom and I helping you set up your Christmas tree and decorating your house for the holidays. Also, helping you plant flowers, feeding the birds, and Mom and I going shopping with you which always ended with a nice lunch. David and I will forever remember you staying with us at our home in South Carolina, giving you a tour of the city, and picking cotton for you to take back home. It meant the world to me that you got to meet our son David Andrew. Grandma, you will be sadly missed. We love you and we will see you again in heaven. Love, David and Tiffani Landers

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