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PATRICIA GERBER, PRESBYTERIAN DEACON

Patricia Gerber, 75, who was active at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Twentieth Century Club and the American Cancer Society, died Oct. 9, 1997, in Freehold, N.J.

The former Patricia Dillon, a longtime resident of the Buffalo area, lived in Snyder with her husband, the late William W. Gerber, a former vice president of National Gypsum Co. who died in 1992. She moved to New Jersey in 1995.

During World War II, Mrs. Gerber performed as a magician in the USO for troops overseas.

A former deacon at Westminster, Mrs. Gerber had served as chairman of Westminster's linen sale in 1969 and 1974. The annual sale, which was held at the church for more than 70 years, benefited hospitals, day care programs, programs for teen-agers and human service groups.

She was elected president of the Twentieth Century Club in 1976 and had served as chairwoman of the club's many projects over the years.

Both Mrs. Gerber and her husband were active with the Erie County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Gerber helped organize a fashion show in 1975 to aid women undergoing mastectomies.

In 1984 Mrs. Gerber and her husband were presented the Dr. Samuel Sanes Service Award from the New York State Division of the American Cancer Society. At the time Mrs. Gerber was serving as coordinator for the Reach and Recovery program for women who had mastectomies.

Surviving are a son, Charles of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Meg Wilkens of Cincinnati; two brothers, David and Zale Dillon, both of New Jersey; a sister, Bunny Bell of Geneva; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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