Mrs. Gerry Gehres

Mrs. Gerry Gehres


Let us remember the life and ministry of Gerry Gehres, 84, who died on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Seasons Hospice of Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. Gerry was the wife of Rev. J. Philip Gehres, who joined the New York Conference in 1956. In New York he served churches in Grand Gorge, Gilboa, North Blenheim, Manorkill, West Conesville, Hobart, Township and Floral Park.

Gerry was born on January 6, 1933 and raised in West Jefferson, OH. She lived briefly in Harrod, OH before moving to Grand Gorge, NY in 1955. She was a long-time resident of Hobart, NY and later Floral Park, NY. In 1996 she and her husband retired to Delaware.

Gerry was a talented musician specializing in piano and organ. She taught music in public schools, gave private piano lessons, and was a dedicated church musician throughout her life. She organized and accompanied numerous musicals, concerts, and programs for churches, community groups, and nursing homes.

She and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States, completing several cross-country road trips along the Route 66, Route 50, Route 40, and US 30 corridors, as well as many coastal tours of lighthouses.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gladys Long; her sister Suzanne Torres; and her son Stephen Gehres.

Gerry leaves behind her beloved husband of 64 years, Rev. J. Philip Gehres; her son Mark Gehres and his wife, Jen, of Ocean Springs, MS; her daughters Rebecca Gehres of Hurst, TX, Elizabeth Lukacs and her husband, Tom, of South River, NJ, and Deborah Van Varick and her husband, John, of Newton, NJ; her daughter-in-law Donna Gehres of Euless, TX; her sister Judy Biggers of Pensacola, FL; her brother Jim Long and his wife, Mary, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

A private graveside service was held on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the historic Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery in Frederica, DE, honoring Gerry’s life-long affiliation with the United Methodist Church. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to support music programs at your local church or school, or to the Delaware SPCA—Stanton Shelter, 455 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713.