Gerri L. Longanecker, 70, North Manchester, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.
She was born July 31, 1946 in Huntington to Carl Sr. and Mary (Reeves) Herndon. She graduated from Indianapolis North Central High School in 1965 and later from Manchester College in 1992, earning an Associates Degree in Office Administration. She was a fashion model in high school. Gerri was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester and active in Brethren Way of Christ for many years. Music was an important part of Gerri’s life. She shared her beautiful voice while a part of church choirs, local women’s chorus’, and leading hymns during worship services. She was a receptionist/secretary at North Central Co-op.
On Sept. 10, 1966 she married David F. Longanecker. He died May 9, 2014. She is survived by two sons, J.D. (Jo Music) Longanecker, North Manchester and Jacob A. (Sarah) Longanecker, North Manchester; one daughter, Krishna D. (Jeff Ferranti) Longanecker, Springfield, Mass.; brother, Carl Herndon Jr., Louisiana; sisters, Carolyn (Gene) Green, Indianapolis, IN and Sylvia Jackson, Louisiana; grandchildren, Andrew J. Longanecker, Ashlyn L.Longanecker, Carter A. Ferranti, Alexander D. Ferranti, Landon D. Longanecker and Ethan M. Longanecker.
One brother, Mike Herndon, and four grandchildren are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16 with calling one hour prior to service at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester. Pastor Kurt Stout will officiate.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Gerri Longanecker, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.