Ellen Gerard, 90, Winona Lake, and formerly of South Whitley, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on July 19, 2018, at Grace Village, Winona Lake. She was born on March 26, 1928, in Kosciusko County to Lionel Sr. and Caroline (Hostetler) Kreger.
She graduated from Pierceton High School in 1946 and from the South Bend School of Nursing in 1950. On Aug. 22, 1950, she married Chester D. Gerard Sr. and they had three children together. She had worked at South Bend Memorial Hospital-Niles and Grace Village Retirement Community fulfilling her career to the age of 84.
She enjoyed oil painting, as well as working and helping her co-workers. She loved and was proud of her grandchildren and they were proud of their grandmother. She was always there for her children if she agreed with them or not.
She is survived by a son Chester “Dale” (Lynn) Gerard Jr., Warsaw; and two daughters, Beth Prater, Pierceton; and Mary (George Beidler) Gerard, Pittsburgh, Penn.; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in the death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters.
In honoring Ellen’s request, there will be no visitation or service. For those who wish to honor the memory of Ellen Gerard, memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, 1515 Provident Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580 or American Cancer Society- Mishawaka Office, 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN 46545
Arrangements are entrusted with McKee Mortuary.