Gerow, Renate Hermine (Ruppert), Bridgeport, Michigan

Passed away on October 16, 2011 peacefully and at home as she had wished in the loving care of her family, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Age 69 years. She was born on January 2, 1942 in Bad Friedrichschall, Germany as the fourth child of five to Julie and Erhard Ruppert. Renate’s siblings were Sister Sophie (Ruppert) Gluck, Brothers Walter Ruppert, Eric Ruppert and Gunder Ruppert. She also leaves a very special niece Jutta. Renate married the love of her life, Marvin in 1961 and welcomed their first child while in Germany. Soon after, they relocated to the U.S. where they continued to build their life and family together. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage together. Renate was the hearth of the home where she was thought of as warm, thoughtful, intelligent, a caring listener and a beautiful lady. Her passion in life was to care for her family, her home and her beloved garden of flowers. In the winter she would continue this passion at her Florida paradise. Renate loved to crochet, enjoyed cooking fabulous German meals for the family and shopping for her beautiful clothes. A highlight of her life was realized when Renate became a U.S. citizen. She was preceded in death by her loving Mother Julie, Brother Walter and Father. Renate leaves her best friend and dedicated husband Marvin E. Gerow, her children Sandra (Lee) Lake, Edward (Kathy) Gerow and Steven (Jayne) Gerow, her grandchildren Brandon and Shelby Lake, Jason and Jillian Gerow, Stephanie (fiancé Drew Beyer) and Alyssa Gerow as well as a single great-grandchild Brendin Lake. In accordance with Mrs. Gerow’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 5700 Dixie Hwy. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Cancer Society. Her energy and kindness was loved by all and will be forever missed.