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Deacon Vincent Gerber: 1938-2007
the Inland Register
(From the Jan. 18, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
Deacon Vince Gerber, ordained for the Diocese of Spokane in 1980, died Jan. 6 in Spokane Valley. He was 68 years old.
The funeral Mass was celebrated for him Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. John Vianney Church in Spokane Valley, where he had ministered as a deacon.
He was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. He and his wife, Nancy, had nine children, age four months to 13 years at the time of his ordination.
Deacon Gerber was described as a “driver-salesman” at the time of his ordination. He also worked for a time as a florist.
His ministry took place at St. John Vianney Parish, where he served as a lector, catechist, and Eucharistic Minister prior to ordination. After ordination, he ministered in marriage preparation and team ministry to the sick and to newcomers.
In 1986, he requested a leave of absence from ministry. Deteriorating health prevented him from returning to active ministry, and he retired from the diaconate, at his request, in 1990.
As a member of the second class of deacons ordained for the diocese, Deacon Gerber “was one of the pioneers in the development of the deacon program,” said Msgr. John Steiner, co-Vicar General of the diocese. “It was a whole new adventure for him and for the Church.
“In the midst of his long personal journey of marginal health, he always had a sense of acceptance,” said Msgr. Steiner, who anointed Deacon Gerber two months ago at Valley General Hospital. “In his struggle with his health he received the sacrament with faith and a sense of peace.”