Karen Sue Gertler

October 27, 1945 ‒ November 04, 2018

Centerburg, Ohio
Formerly of Westerville, Ohio

Karen S. Gertler, age 73, of Centerburg and formerly of Westerville, passed away Sunday evening, November 4th, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 27, 1945 in Dorchester, WI to the late Raymond J. and Pearl M. (Schreiber) Ziegman. Graduating in 1963 from Lorain High School, she was a homemaker and was also an executive secretary employed for several years by Abbott Laboratories in Columbus.

Karen was known as a very sweet woman, caring and kind to all she knew and to those she had just met. She loved to knit but sewing was her specialty and she could share with diligence and patience to those who wanted to learn. When teaching she was always particular about the right and wrong way of doing it and she would tell you in a kind way. She was a good teacher and loved sharing with those who wished to learn from her. While living in Westerville she was an avid booster of the Westerville South High School Marching Band.

After moving to the Centerburg area, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, loved her home and was always happy to visit with those who would stop by. She always supported and participated in the Women’s Health Initiative as she fought her extended illness with muscular dystrophy. Karen’s proudest accomplishment was raising her two sons and seeing them begin successful families of their own. Anybody who ever knew Karen would attest that she cared for others more than she cared about herself.

Karen is survived by her loving husband of nearly 52 years, Ronald Gertler, sons Todd (Jennifer) Gertler of Centerburg and Chad (Jenya) Gertler of Liberty, KY, and grandchildren Matthew, Michael, Margaret, Tucker, Lotte, Rael, and Gaeda, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Rick, Kim, and Kit Ziegman.

Friends are invited to attend the graveside services to be held Friday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg, with Pastor Jeremy Logan officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Karen’s memory to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation at www.myotonic.org or Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mda.org.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Gertler family. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Todd, my prayers are with you and your family. I will be out of town, but know in my heart I am here for you. You are a brother in Yeshua, and I love you.

  • Mrs Gertler loved her boys and their friends in a BIG way! Grateful for the impact she had on both of us in our teen, college and married lives. We mourn with you-but celebrate her ultimate healing. Much love to all of you. Duey & Holly Varian

  • The Lord is with you.
    I wish there were words to salve the pain, but the comfort you have is knowing she is at peace in the arms of our Father in heaven.
    I love you, brother.

  • Dear friends, we are so very saddened to hear of the passing of your precious momma. As I, Shereda, sit in my season of grieving, your pain washes fresh upon my heart. While no words truly help, comfort comes in the arms of our wonderful Lord. While I worry the tears I have shed for my own mom may have filled his lap, I know without a shadow of the doubt the lap is big enough for all to come and find peace and rest. Be kind to yourself and remember, where O death is your sting? I was left at the cross as we will all be together with Our Lord God again. We will lift you up in our prayers.

  • My condolences to the family and all who loved Karen. The seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. But we can have confidence that God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. (Job 14:14,15) His Word, the Bible, gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

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