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Paul C. Gerlach, principal at former St. Paul Lutheran School in North Tonawanda

Oct. 20, 1940 – Oct. 4, 2016

NORTH TONAWANDA – Paul Charles Gerlach of North Tonawanda, principal of the former St. Paul Lutheran School here for 25 years, died Tuesday in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home, Lewiston. He was 75.

Born in Cleveland, he was a graduate of Cleveland Lutheran High School and in 1962 earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia Lutheran Teachers College in River Forest, Ill.

He went on to receive a master’s degree in elementary science education in 1970 from the City University of New York.

Mr. Gerlach came to St. Paul Lutheran School in 1977 after teaching for more than a decade at Lutheran schools in New York City. At St. Paul, he also taught seventh and eighth grades. After he left St. Paul in 2002, he taught at St. Peter Lutheran School in Lockport and retired in 2005.

He was named Administrator of the Year in 1998 by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. In 2015, he received the Servant of Christ award from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Eastern District.

Active with North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels, he was a volunteer in charge of raising funds for the agency and wrote a monthly newsletter for volunteers.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Linda Luke; two daughters, Lisa Marie and Julie Lynn; and a son, Jonathan Paul.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd.

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