Nira G. Gerken, a Beacon resident and Newburgh native, died Friday, March 3, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was 83.
Gerken was born in 1933 to the late Earl and Gertrude (McDowell) Davis.
She was the widow of Richard H. Gerken, who died in 2008.
Gerken, who had worked as a chef with Hanger One in Newburgh, was an inductee in the Newburgh Bowling Hall of Fame and also belonged to the L.P.B.A.
She also was an avid bingo player.
Gerken is survived by her three children, Susan Gerken-Riccio, Cheryl Gerken, and Walter Gerken, all of Beacon; son-in-law Albert Riccio of Newburgh; four grandchildren, Jovanna (Daniel) Riccio-Barnard, Alea Riccio, Tyler Gerken, and Ryan Gerken; a brother, William Davis of Matamoras, Pa.; a sister, Joan Bowen of Newburgh; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by other brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at Libby Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Teller Ave., Beacon.
Funeral services will take place at the end of visiting hours.
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