Steven Charles Gerlach, 80, of Sparta, IL; born on December 11, 1942 in Belleville, IL the son of Amos John William and Ruth Marie (Stevenson) Gerlach; passed away on Friday, March 31, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
He was a teacher and lifelong learner. Steven taught many subjects, including Chemistry, Physics, History, Biology, and Social Studies. He enjoyed participating in historical reenactments and traveled all over the United States and Canada, including June Fort (the popular Rendezvous in Prairie Du Rocher) and the Milice Frog Talk in Ste. Genevieve, MO. Performing under the names of Doc Loc and later Dr. Theophratus von Gerlach, Steven gave presentations on 18th Century medicine. As much as Steven loved to teach, he was always learning new things. Steven was the longest member of the Sparta Public Library Board and an avid stamp collector. He was also a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sparta. Steven faithfully served the Church in many ways, including working at the food pantry.
Steven was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife – Judith (Smith) Gerlach of Sparta, IL whom he married on June 13, 1964 in Carbondale, IL; daughter – Catherine (Markus Keller) Gerlach of Chicago, IL; son – Steven Christopher (Aimee Zygmonski) Gerlach of Felton, CA; two grandchildren – Stella Ruth Gerlach and Louisa Luna Gerlach both of Felton, CA; and several other relatives and friends.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.heilschuessler.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sparta.
The Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sparta, IL from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bonnie Wilkins officiating. Interment will take place at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.