Catherine E. (Louke) Gear, 97, of Medina, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014. She was born November 18, 1916 in Huttonsville, West Virginia to the late Oscar and Louisa (Rosencrance) Louke.
Catherine earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia and began her long and successful career as an elementary school teacher in the Randolph County School System in West Virginia. She and her family moved to Ohio in 1956 where she was employed by the Beachwood School System until her retirement. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Medina, where they enjoyed working on their farm. Catherine was a long-time member of the Medina Beekeepers Association.
She was the loving mother of Ernest W. (Hazel) Gear, Delores J. (John) Drlik, and Dr. Robert D. (Marilyn) Gear, Sr.; stepmother of Wanda Herron; foster mother of Willa Jean (Charles) Poe; dear grandmother of Deborah Gear, Gregory Gear, Howard (Therese) Gear, John (Roberta) Drlik. James (Michele) Drlik, Laura (David) Drlik-Hart, Dr. Robert D. (Marnie) Gear, Jr., Kevin Gear, Dr. Brian (Shari) Gear, and Karen (Thomas) Martin; great-grandmother of 29; sister of Greta Hellwig and Betty Ceruitti; sister-in-law of Helen Louke; she is also survived by many dear friends, especially Glenn Halsey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest C. Gear; step son-in-law, William Herron; granddaughter, Diana Herron; sister and brother-in-law, Eula (Sam) McCullough; brother, John Louke; and brother-in-laws, Oscar Hellwig and William Ceruitti.
Catherine’s family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus of Medina for their care and support.
Friends may call at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina, on Thursday, January 16, from 6 to 8 P.M. Additional visitation and Funeral Service will be held at the Tomblyn Funeral Home, 45 Randolph Ave., Elkins, West Virginia 26241.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Rd., Medina, OH 44256.
Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome.com