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ROZAN ELECTA BALDWIN GERKEN

Rozan Electa Baldwin Gerken, 90, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of Robert Edward Gerken, died Tuesday afternoon, June 16, 2020, at Savannah Square.

Born in Richmond, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Seno Earl Baldwin and the late Esther Gertrude Black Baldwin. Mrs. Gerken was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. She was a longtime schoolteacher and retired after 30 years as a 4th grade teacher at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School in Statesboro. Mrs. Gerken enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, birdwatching, sewing and baking. She loved spending time with her family, her poodle Sandy who died in February, and was known for the cherry pies she baked.

In addition to her husband of 36 years and her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Don Hardwick, and their son, Stephen Hardwick.

Surviving are her daughter, Rebecca G. Haynes of Savannah; her granddaughters, Julianne Haynes and Jessica Haynes, both of Savannah; her brother, Lowell Baldwin and his wife, Lorraine, of Aurora, Ohio, and her nephews, John Hardwick and David Baldwin.

With concern for the safety and health of our family and friends, a memorial service will be held at a later date at Savannah Square. Private burial will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens in Statesboro.

Remembrances: Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Debbie and Jim Shumans says:

    Dr. and Mrs. Gerken entered our lives when we were students at Georgia Southern. Rozan and I reconnected later in life at St. George’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed music and sewing together. She will be greatly missed and I feel blessed to have shared life with her. May your memories of fun times together fill the empty place in your heart at this sad time.

    Debbie and Jim Shumans

  2. Sheryl Jones says:

    Rebecca,
    I am so sorry about your mother. Rozan was a wonderful teacher and I enjoyed working with her all those years at JPB. We lost touch after she moved to Savannah. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.

    Sheryl Jones

  3. Dawn Hammock Groover says:

    Mrs. Gerken was my 4th grade teacher in 1971. I thrived in her class because she was a kind and an encouraging teacher. She made me feel special and that was something that made a big difference in my life. I loved Mrs. Gerken. The world needs more teachers like her. Love to all her family and you are all in my prayers.

  4. Mrs. John P. (Betty) Graham says:

    My husband and Robert (Bob) Gerken were professors at Georgia Southern, and we two families constantly kept in touch. Rozan is an artistic, talented and most remarkable lady. A measure of her grace was the day she visited me and my family soon after my husband John died. Nothing could have brightened our spirits more than did Rozan on that day, and we are ever grateful for her caring concern. Rozan carried the same dignified, compassionate spirit throughout her life, and all of us in the Graham family are honored to call Rozan our friend.

  5. Jerry Anne Singletary says:

    Dear Rebecca,
    I had the great privilege to be a member of Gamma Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at Georgia Southern in the early 60’s while your mom was the advisor. She was so wise and helpful to all of us as we grew as college music students. She was a wonderful musician and your dad and she were quite a beautiful couple. Both of them were so supportive of me while I was a student. They were a huge part of my maturation, and I shall be eternally appreciative to Rozan and Bob Gerken. I am so sad she has passed. You and your family are in my prayers.

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