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Norman James Gerstner

Published on -1/20/2013, 5:27 PM

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Norman James Gerstner, 80, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away on January 5, 2013. He is survived by three sisters, Mildred, Lorrie and Rosemary; two sons, Norman "Jim" and Robert; two daughters, Denise and Rebecca; and seven grandchildren, Chellestina, Matthew, Alex, Adam, Katherine, Connor and Jenna.

Norman was born in 1932 to Alex and Emma Gerstner along with his three brothers, Ernest, Robert and Elmer, as well as four sisters Mildred, Marietta, Rosemary and Lorrie.

He was raised in Hays, Kansas, where he attended and played football at St. Joseph's Military Academy. He served his country in the Korean War and later married his loving wife, Donna Lowell.

Norman lived his life to serve his family. In the early years of raising a family, he never complained, working endless hours to make sure they were taken care of. Later in life, he helped raise his grandson, Matthew, and was able to be a male role model for him. Norman also played a vital role with his son to build a successful rental business. Once again, he worked countless hours, never complaining, so his son could spend more time with his family. Never missing any of the countless sporting events of the grandkids including coaching soccer, basketball and football, Norman enjoyed all of it.

He also enjoyed spending time with his siblings and their spouses. God blessed us with a great dad, gramps, brother and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Private services to be held with the family at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.

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