Ruth Patricia Gerhard

September 4, 1947August 4, 2018

Ruth “Louie” Haddock Gerhard, age 70 of Knoxville, passed away on August 4, 2018 at the U.T. Medical Center. She was a 1966 graduate of Paulsboro High School and before moving to Tennessee, she retired from Super Fresh. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Helen; sisters: Helen Heister, Harriet Dimarino, Mary Magri, Rita Dearlove; brothers: Thomas, Francis, Wilbur and John. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Gerhard; children: Tina (Mike) Harrell, Wayne, Jr. (Eileen); Deborah (David) Borrelli, Sisters: Cecilia Clayman, Agnes Racey, Eleanor (Bill) Neill, Nancy (Thomas) Eckert and Essie Francisco; brothers: Chester (Nancy), Robert (Joyce), Charles (Gerri), Asa (Lorraine); Five grandchildren; One great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews and brother-in-law, George (Diane) Fox. A Graveside Service will be held in Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Alcoa, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Ruth Patricia Gerhard Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Lew Kelty

August 8, 2018

Wayno, I am so sorry for your loss. May God look after you and your family in your time of sorrow.

Jim Milsted

August 8, 2018

We are just so sorry to hear of "Louie's" passing.....We went from kindergarten to PHS graduation in 1966 together....and we were also "Billingsport River Rats" together playing in the Delaware River or hanging at Miller's Store......Didn't get to see much of her after graduation but so glad I made a point before she retired and moved South to see her.....As much as I tried and even Joyce asked her we could not convince her to attend a class reunion.....So many classmates fondly remember her and I always will.....Her and I always had a little song we sang to each other...I would say, "Hi Louie, How ya doin ? and she would reply back the same way, Hi Jimmy, How ya doin " ?...Well today I'm sad that you are gone, but glad you were part of my life.....Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

Suzy L

August 7, 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear of Ruth's passing. She was quite a woman! Her wisecracks were awesome, but her generosity & sincere kindness were truly something special & will never be forgotten. We will miss her deeply & share in your sorrow.
Brian & Suzy

Beverley Brown ( DeVault)

August 7, 2018

So sorry for your loss of Louie. Our heartfelt condolences to both families. She will always be fondly remembered as a Paulsboro and Jersey Girl. Thoughts and Prayers to All.

The DeVault Family of Paulsboro, New Jersey
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Sally Struss

August 6, 2018

So sorry for your loss, sending heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Louis was a wonderful person, she will be sorely missed..God bless your family !!

Ashley Hannagan

August 6, 2018

Mommom, I wish I could tell you how much of an impact you made in my and pop raised me and loved me and for that I will forever be grateful to you both. Ill miss the back scratches (yes even at the age of 32) she still let me curl up next to her so she scratch my back . Your laugh, your smile, the face you would make when someone mentioned a place you hated... Please still watch over me and guide me in the right path like you always have.
I love you always and forever

Phil Skinner

August 6, 2018

Wayne and family, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself brother I love you.

Tara Ogurek

August 6, 2018

Lou was my next door neighbor in Pennsville, NJ and my mom's best friend for about 8 years before we moved away. Even after we moved we went to Pennsville every other weekend for many years so I could visit my friends. We always stayed with Lou and Big Wayne. Her kids were my best friends... Tina, Wayne, and Debbie. She was the only person who could get me to nap, ever. She was the only person who could get me to eat fish. She could fry a mean flounder. She is the sole reason I love brussel sprouts and I think of her every single time I eat them. Lou and Big Wayne always had parties in the summer. We swam in the pool and barbecued all day. The kids always fought over who got to "dry off" while sitting on the air conditioning unit. In the evenings Big Wayne would DJ and we would all dance the night away in their living room in between rounds of Uno. The adults would play trivial pursuit and Lou would always say, "Tara, if you go get me a beer. I will dance at your wedding" and she did dance at my wedding. I hadn't seen or spoken to Lou in many years but that will never change how I feel about the time I had her in my life or the things she taught me and did for me. My mom and I would like to extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to her entire family. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do. Rest In Peace Lou <3

Terry Lynxh

August 6, 2018

My earliest memory of Aunt Louie was borrowing a bathing suit or shorts from her to swim in the good old Delaware River. I guess I was about 3 years old and loved to tag along with the bigger kids (Aunts and Uncles) to play in the river. I was so sad when Grandmom moved to town!

To Wayne and the family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kristen Buckalew

August 6, 2018

Almost every summer from the time I was 11 or 12 years old up until two years ago, Ruth and Wayne invited my family into their home for a week to experience Tennessee fun and spend time with them. Tennessee is such a beautiful state and Ruth knew right where to take us and to make sure we had a great time. She was a good friend and former coworker with my mom (Christine Buckalew). Ruth was so nice and thoughtful, everytime she would see something Betty boop she knew my mom would love it. Every time my family would go and visit her and Wayne we would take Jersey tomatoes and always try to remember tasty cakes since they don't have them in TN. She definitely made us feel like a extended family everytime we stayed with her and there was never a dull moment and never a moment where we weren't full, she was an excellent cook. She will be truly missed.