LaDonna J. Gerig

LaDonna J. Gerig, 90, of Berne passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Swiss Village in Berne where she was a resident. She was born on August 20, 1925 to Jesse and Thelma (Zook) Litzenberg. She was married on August 5, 1948 to Donavan “Don” Gerig.

She was a graduate of Woodburn High School and Fort Wayne Bible College. She worked for the Fort Wayne Community Schools as an elementary school librarian and gave private piano lessons. Later, she was librarian for the Adams County Edelweiss Singers Chorus. She loved her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Becky (David) Ristau of Dana Point, California; and Deb (John) Hilligoss of Columbia City; two sons, Randy (Kristi) Gerig of Seattle, Washington; and Rick (Lori) Gerig of Fort Wayne; sister, Lois (Kent) VonGunten; brother, Dennis (Sue) Litzenberg; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 22 at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Thursday, June 23 at First Mennonite Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery & Mausoleum in Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be made the Mennonite Choral Society or the Swiss Village Samaritan Fund.

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at