Lillian M. GerhartGERHART

 Lillian M. Gerhart, 94, of Edison Park. Beloved wife of the late Ralph L. Gerhart. Loving mother of Glenn (Audrey) Gerhart, Linda O’Grady and Janet Gerhart.  Dear sister of the late John  and Paul Zazula and Mary Demko.  Cherished aunt and friend of many.  Visitation Monday, February 21, 2022 from 10 AM until the time of Mass 10:30 AM at Saint Juliana Church, 7201 N. Oketo, (at Touhy), Chicago.   Interment Private.  Please omit flowers.  Arrangements entrusted to M J Suerth Funeral Home. for full obituary or call 773-631-1240.

Lillian’s life was characterized by one of love and selfless service to others.  She was all heart and had a humble spirit.  She was devoted to her husband and 3 children and did everything she could to provide a loving home and enrich and better their lives.  She always put her family’s needs first, never complaining, but happy to do anything to help.

She took care of her mother who lived with the family for 20 years, and prepared holiday meals for extended family every year.  She loved children and enjoyed helping out her nieces by babysitting for theirs.  After retirement, she volunteered for 10 years at a local nursing home to visit residents who had no family and accompanied  staff and residents on outings.

Lillian had many friends throughout her life and was always glad to lend a helping hand or give an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on.  People were drawn to her kind, compassionate spirit.  When she met a parishioner at church for the first time who she found was lonely or going through a hard time and needed someone to talk to, she invited them to her home for a meal and befriended them.

Lillian will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate to have her in their life.  The Book of Proverbs in the Bible says it best:
“All those who know her trust her.  She brings her family blessings every day of her life.  She reaches out her hands in service to others and extends her arms to those in need.  Her friends sing her praises, she is respected by all.  Her family and friends say with pride, “there are many good and admirable women, but you are the best.”