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Stella Gerlach, 91, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at her residence with family at her side.
Stella was born in Farrell Nov. 15, 1925, to Stanley and Josephine Maykowski.
She graduated from Farrell High School class of 1944 and continued her education at the Shenango Valley Commercial Institute in Sharon. Stella worked in the superintendent's office at Farrell High School, for Roberts Petroleum in Masury, Roberts Hardware in Sharon, and for PI&I Motor Express in Masury. Stella was also affectionately known as a homemaker.
On Oct. 30, 1970, she married George D. Gerlach in Virginia, who passed away in June 2001. They made their home in Hermitage.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus-Koska Church in Sharon.
Stella loved animals. She would always feed the birds, squirrels, and deer that lived near her backyard. She especially loved her last pet cat, Tisha.
Stella is survived by her step children, Cindy Garrett, Betty Shoup, Kitty Piccirilli, Barb McCracken, Patti Yingling and Janice Turna; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Maykowski; mother, Josephine Maykowski; husband George D. Gerlach; stepsons, George Gerlach Jr., Jack Gerlach, and John Gerlach; a son-in-law, Robert Yingling; brothers and sisters Jenny Maykowski, Sophie Ringer, Cecelia Yourga, Genevieve Tomczak, Tenoria Sapala, Victoria Sovesky, John Maykowski and Marion Maykowski.
Contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505, in memory of Stella and George Gerlach.

Stella, 91, of Hermitage.
Services: None, per Stella's request. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com
Burial: St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICE, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.
Published on September 19, 2017
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