Darlene Marie Gerber, age 86, of Adams, passed away on Nov. 27, 2019, at the Adams Health Care Center.
Darlene was born on April 14, 1933, in Osage, Iowa, the oldest child of Mathias and Adeline Merten. She grew up on a farm in McIntyre, along the Iowa state line.
Darlene graduated from the Adams High School. She had attended a church-sponsored activity with other friends at the Brownsdale Roller Rink where she met Jerome Gerber. They were married on Aug. 19, 1952. She accompanied Jerome during his military service at Fort Lenardwood, Mo., and was a farm wife after his military discharge. She was a school cook at Sacred Heart for more than 20 years.
Darlene and Jerome enjoyed wedding dances and a range of road trips -- from going to the Dairy Queen, to visiting family and friends, and going to Alaska. She was very active in CCW church activities and enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Duane (Louise) Merten of Adams.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Jerome and children, Dennis (Elaine) Gerber of Austin, Diane (Dana) Inman of Rochester, Gary (Jan) Gerber of Rochester and Brian Gerber of LeRoy. She enjoyed 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and is survived by siblings Eugene (Joyce) Merten of Adams, Herbert (Charlene) Merten of Taopi, Mary Ann (Delphin) Mueller of Austin, Elaine (Ron) Schemmel of Savage, Minn., and Eileen (Ervin) Berg of Rochester, and nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.Monday, with a 4 p.m. Rosary and 7 p.m. parish prayer service, at Adams Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Adams Funeral Home.