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Darlene Lucile (Mohr) Gerbitz, 90, Ocala, Florida

December 13, 2017 GMT

Darlene Lucile (Mohr) Gerbitz, 90, of Ocala, Florida, passed away after a sudden onset of pneumonia that required a short stay in Munroe Regional Medical Center and The Legacy House, then returning home under Hospice Care.

She was born Feb. 5, 1927, in the town of Fort Winnebago, Portage, the daughter of Leonard Mohr and Verda Mildred (Schmidt) Nehrlich. She grew up in the spirit of the church, receiving confirmation on Feb. 1, 1942, at St. John’s Evangelist Lutheran Church in Portage. She married Howard Merlin Gerbitz on Nov. 24, 1945, and had 11 children. Later in life, she married Lyle Davison on Sept. 9, 1987. Darlene was a devoted housewife caring for her children, but also worked at Columbia County Manor, Portage Hosiery and Modern Cleaners.

Darlene is survived by her sons, Randy (Sandy) Gerbitz of Ocala, Florida; Jeffery (Sue) Gerbitz of Carmichael, California; Howard Lee (Lian) Gerbitz of Ocala; daughters, Patti (Real) Pinard of La Mesa, California; Sheila Pavelec of Ocala; Sheri (Russ) Manthey of Maryville, Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Jacquie Gerbitz of Sheboygan; son-in-law, Steve Jones of Fitchburg; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and her most cherished four-legged companion, Mitzi. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard M. Gerbitz and Lyle Davison; four sons, the Rev. Larry Gerbitz, Richard Gerbitz, Lorry Gerbitz and infant Steven Gerbitz; daughter, Linda D. Jones; and brother, Melvin Mohr.


Baldwin Brothers of Ocala, and Ryan Funeral Home of Madison, are coordinating arrangements of interment. A celebration of Darlene’s life and visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 16, at Roselawn Memorial Park, 401 Femrite Drive, Monona. Following, the family will sponsor a gathering at World Buffet, 2451 W. Broadway, Monona. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at The Legacy House Hospice Care, especially her nurse, Rachell Bishop, LPNs and all the hospice nurses who cared for her at home. A sincere thank you to Nidia Martinez, LPN, for being there in her final moments and special prayer.

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