HENRY GERKE

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ST. ALBANS — Henry Gerke passed away on May 11, 2015 at the age of 85.  Born in New Jersey, he was a 1947 graduate of Westwood High School and received his degree from NYU in 1957.  He was married to the love of his life, Lois, who predeceased him in 2009, and was a hero to his children Susan Hilton, her husband, Jeffrey Hilton, of Yardley, Pa., Laura Gerke of Westwood, N.J., and Bruce Gerke and Dawn Mulheron of St. Albans.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Hannah and Clay Gerke of St. Albans, and Brian and Kevin Hilton of Yardley, Pa.  He spent his career at Chemical Bank as a middle market Lending Officer.  He raised his family in Westwood and Hillsdale, N.J., spent many years in Harwich, Mass., as well as Jupiter, Fla., and finished his adventure living in Vermont with Bruce, Bruce’s children, Hannah and Clay, Bruce’s companion Dawn, and Dawn’s children Zander and Marshall.

Henry spent his latter days keeping an eye on the weather and following the financial markets – a life-long interest.

He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. In lieu of other remembrance, donations in Henry and Lois’ memory can be made to Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, 1210 South Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL  33458 or online at www.jmcfoundation.org. Messages of condolence to his family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.