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Elizabeth "Lily" Gehrke
  • If desired, contributions may be made in Lily's memory to:
  • Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley
    3797 Summit Glen Drive
    Suite G100
    Dayton 45449

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“This message is for Tim Gehrke. Our prayers are with you and we are truly for your loss. Your friends from WPAFB. Lois Gschwender and Ed Snyder ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Ed Snyder and Lois Gschwender - OH

“Traci, thinking about you during this time of loss. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Michael and Sharon Gray - Chapin, SC

“Kerry and Dan, I am so sorry to hear of Lily's passing. I am glad I was able to meet her when we went caroling with Miles That Matter. She was a...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Debbie Hannen - Friend

“I have such lovely memories of your mom. Her laugh...and lots of lipstick, her voice and warm soul. May peace be with you all as you remember her...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Autumn Johnson - Dayton, OH

“Dear Kerry, Traci, Tim and Families, We were so sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. We have such fond memories of her from the many years of...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Denise (Pohl) Borns - Dayton, OH

“I hope she is in a better and more peaceful place. I also hope she is partying with her cousin John, who always enjoyed her company and really loved...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Geraldine Callaghan - NJ

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Traci I just remember going to your house and seeing your mom before you and I would go out. I loved...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Cathi Byrne - Carlisle, OH

“I am so glad that I was able to know your mother, she was a sweet and cheerful lady!! She will be missed. My prayers go out to all of you!!! Love...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Natalie Browder - CHAPIN, SC

“The last time I was with Lily she was having trouble walking down to get lunch. The attendant brought her in a wheel chair. She was sitting across...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Sande Parrott - Friend

“Kerry, Dan, Ryan and Emily... We are very sorry to learn of Lily's passing...our thoughts and prayers are with you all..... ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Kirsch Family


Elizabeth Patricia O'Callaghan "Lily" Gehrke, age 80, departed this life November 21, 2012 following a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Lily is survived by daughters, Kerry (Dan) and Traci (Chris) and son, Timothy; her sister, Maureen Kramaraiuk. Her grandchildren, Emily, Ryan , and Colin added great joy to their grandmother's life. Ryan was the light of her life, always able to bring the sparkle into her eye no matter the circumstances. Emily, with her gentle spirit soothed her soul and Lily loved her dearly. Colin has her red hair and bright blue eyes. Lily was born in Dublin, Ireland to Denis and Margaret O'Callaghan. She came to the USA at age 23 and married Norbert Gehrke. Widowed at 32, she moved to Dayton, OH where she raised her children. The last 10 years prior to her Alzheimer's diagnosis were spent in Columbia, SC, where she loved to garden and chat with the neighbors. She spent the last 2 1/2 years at Bethany Lutheran Village, where she was a beloved resident and made so many smile with her cheery and helpful disposition, her fun and laughter, and silly antics. Her family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Lutheran Village and various friends and family for all the love and support given to our Lily and to our family. Lily was an inspiration to many in how she faced her final challenge with dignity and perseverance, always facing each new day with a smile on her face. Please remember her spirit. Burial at David's Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made in Lily's memory to Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Suite G100, Dayton, OH 45449.