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Roberta L. Gingerich

Published on -2/5/2013, 2:29 PM

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Roberta L. Gingerich, 88, Lawrence, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 27, 1924, in Oklahoma City to Robert William and Ona (Peeler) Crow. She attended Oklahoma City public schools and Oklahoma City University. She received a bachelor's degree in English/theater from Pittsburg State University in 1971.

She married the Rev. Dr. John C. Gingerich on June 6, 1943, in Oklahoma City. She became the associate director of the Kansas Humanities Council and later was an instructor in English as a second language for Johnson County Community College.

She had an active role in various community, school and church organizations. She worked as an administrative secretary in school and church settings. She was a Y-teen program director in Columbus, Ohio, for the YWCA, and served with her husband at the Tokyo Union Church, an international, interdenominational congregation in Tokyo, Japan.

Her avocational pursuits were in fields of theater, music and the arts, and world citizenship. She hosted countless numbers of international students and maintained a worldwide correspondence.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Celebration of Cultures, International Host Family Program, and Hiratsuka Sister City Program.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, John C. Gingerich Jr., Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Harriet Gingerich Caplan and husband, Lou, Hays, and Robin Gingerich and husband, Tom Mersmann, Lawrence; a sister, Wilma A. Wine and husband, Joe, Sedono, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Michael Hazel and wife, Diane, Washington, and Sara Hazel and husband, Dan Goldhamer, Denver.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence.

Family will greet friends following the service Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to KUEA/University Theatre, KCPT or Habitat for Humanity in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.warrenmcelwain.com.

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