Betty Jean Gerlach, 96, passed away on Tuesday, November 28

Betty Jean Gerlach, 96, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.

A Celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date. Private burial will take place at Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Those wishing to send a condolence or sign the guest book online may do so at

Betty was born on July 24, 1921 to James and Emma (Schuster) Schafhauser. On August 19, 1940 she married Robert W. Gerlach in Kenton, OH. Betty was a very independent woman; she cherished her home on Allen Drive in Benton Harbor where she spent most of her adult life. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Julie) Gerlach and grandchildren, Karen (Mark Paglia) Gerlach, Robert (Lauren) Gerlach and Laurence Gerlach.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Emma; husband of 58 years, Robert and sisters, Mary Ellen Price and Mildred Oberle.

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