Robert Gerber

Obituary of Robert Gerber

Mendham Twp - Robert A. Gerber passed away surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Morristown Memorial Hospital after a short illness.  He was 92.

 

Born in Reinach, Switzerland, Robert immigrated to the US in 1948 and there after became the embodiment of the American dream.  He worked hard and saved enough money to attend The Dry Cleaning Institute that led to his opening of the current family business, North Hills Cleaners, in Livingston.

 

To say that he was proud to become an American citizen would be an understatement. Because of his hard work, self-reliance and determination, he loved that America provided him the opportunity to become a success story.

 

Robert will be fondly remembered by neighboring communities for his beautiful lighted Christmas tree display, which symbolized and commemorated his many years of living in America.     

 

Robert had a larger than life personality.  With his unmistakable Swiss accent and a constant twinkle in his eye, he enthralled everyone he met with his keen sense of humor and great storytelling skills.  No party was complete without Robert playing the piano and singing his favorite songs.  He certainly was one of a kind.

 

He will be remembered by many and greatly missed by family and friends.

 

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara in 1993 after 43 years of marriage.

 

Survivors include his long-time companion, Joan Rohe, his son Chris and wife Bonnie, two daughters, Diane Menke and Susan Kalweit and husband Fred; seven grandchildren, Heidi, Jennifer, Scott, Lisa, Laura, Christian, and Robi; two great granddaughters, Cameron and Charlotte, and extended family in Switzerland.

 

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Hilltop Presbyterian Church of Mendham at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Robert Heppenstall officiating.  

 

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in his memory to the Market Street Mission in Morristown www.marketstreet.org.