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Gerri Louise Van Ocker, age 62, passed away early Wednesday, December 23, 2020 with her family by her side at her home in Gowen after a six year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born January 15, 1958 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Horter) Patin. On July 28, 1979, she married Ralph Van Ocker, and together she and Ralph enjoyed 41 years of marriage and raised a wonderful family. Gerri was very musical and very involved in various music ministries. She sang as a cantor at many funeral Masses and sang and recorded with her sisters as part of the Patin Trio. She was a very faithful Christian and a longtime member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She was also a talented artist and a chocolatier. Gerri had a special way of helping those in need and those facing personal challenges. She was sassy and fun and easy to love. Her family was always first, and she cherished being a wife, mother, and grandmother, and had the privilege of spending significant amounts with her grandchildren and being a big part of their lives. Gerri was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Lynn Van Ocker; parents, Joseph and Ruth Patin; brothers, Mark Patin and James Patin; and brothers-in-law, Bruce Van Ocker and Roy Van Ocker. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ralph, who so faithfully cared for Gerri as her health declined; children, Kathrine (Daniel) Wilson, Gregory (Danielle) Van Ocker, Robert (Pamela) Van Ocker, Dr. Randi Van Ocker, and Kristopher (Kaitlin) Van Ocker; grandchildren, Emily, Natalie, Molly, Bradley, Leslie, and Julie Wilson, Trenton and Trinity Van Ocker, and Theodore and Henry Van Ocker; siblings, Donald (Maureen) Patin, Catherine Patin, Marie Patin, Patricia Patin, and RoseAnn Patin; and siblings-in-law, Sandra Patin, Dale (Maria) Van Ocker, Ben (Barb) Van Ocker, Cathy Jo (David) Ramsay, Sue (Mark) Pitcher, and Phyllis (Scott) Sprader. The Mass of Christian Burial for Gerri was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Rev. James Wyse presiding. Graveside committal prayers immediately followed Mass at St. Charles Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hurst Funeral Home, and the Rosary was prayed at St. Charles at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening after visitation. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Charles School or St. Charles Ministry Program, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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