Laura L. Gierhart, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:25 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, in Lima. She was born on Feb. 14, 1936, in Benton Township, Pa. to Frank B. and Lois B. (Hess) Yost, who preceded her in death.Â On April 2, 1955, she married Rolland R. Gierhart and he passed away on March 9, 1998.
Survivors include four children, Jerri Rader and Terri Zofkie, both of Wapakoneta, Gary (Terri) Gierhart, of Cridersville and Cheryl (Marty) McDermitt, of South Carolina; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a brother, Frank David Yost.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Chesbrough, and two brothers, Donald and Doyle Yost.
Laura was a 1954 graduate of Blume High School.Â When she was 50 years old, she graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelorâ€™s degree in education.Â She worked at Rhodes State for 10 years as a lab coordinator in early childhood education and substituted in Auglaize County schools and the Wapakoneta School District.Â She attended Harvest Baptist Church.Â She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, traveling and going on cruises.Â She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Wapakoneta.Â Pastor Gary Bragg will be officiating.Â Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery near Moulton.Â Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.Â
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Wernle Childrenâ€™s Home or Harvest Baptist Church.