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Joe Gerwe December 26, 1942 - March 3, 2018

Funeral Obit

Joe Gerwe, 75, of Newport, passed away March 3, 2018. Early in his career, Joe worked for Catholic Charities using his Master’s degree in Social Work. He and his brother, Gary, went into the family business and ran Bromwell’s Fireplace Store for many years. Joe is survived by his loving wife and companion of 44 years, Mary Jo Gerwe nee Wellmeier; his children, Michael Gerwe (Elizabeth Carlson), Luke Gerwe (Elizabeth Webster), Toni Hartlaub and Kelly Napier (Denny Napier); his six grandchildren and a host of caring relatives and friends. Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at The Sanctuary Event Center (at the corner of 6th St. and Monroe St. in Newport, KY). Fares J. Radel Funeral Home serving the family.

Thursday, March 8, 2018- 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.


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    Evone and Mike Bradley says

    Condolences to you and your family. Much love to you all, Mike and Evone

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    Emery Schmidt says

    MaryJo, we are so saddened by Joe’s passing. We always enjoyed our neighborhood gatherings and social gatherings with you and Joe. Hugs and love, Emery and Jim

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    Mark Ervin says

    Truly sorry for your loss, Mary Jo. Keeping your family in our prayers. Rejoice in the good memories of lives together…

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    Chrissy & Jim Wilson says

    You and your family are in our heart and prayers. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that we are just a phone call away. Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace!

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    Pat Jackson Rau says

    Mary Jo, So sorry to hear about your husband, Joe. I will be thinking of you and your family through this sad time. Pat Jackson Rau

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    Benita Winters says

    Our hearts are heavy for you. It was an honor to know Joe.

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    Rose O'Connor Davis says

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mary Jo. You and your family are in my prayers.

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    Resa Haller says

    Mary Jo,
    I’m sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I’m am so sorry for your loss!!

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    Chuck Bruggeman says

    So sorry for you and your families loss. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless.

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    Mary Casey-Sturk says

    Dear Mary Jo and Family,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. May loving memories sustain you at this difficult time. It was always a pleasure chatting with Joe!

    Mary Casey-Sturk

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    John Espy says

    Dear Mary Jo, In 1978, Joe was my first supervisor when I was pursuing my MSW and doing my first internship at CSS. I will always be deeply appreciative of what I learned from him and for his kindness. I also remember fondly his expression of love for you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and the loss to this world of a very good man.

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