Ina Gerwick

Ina Mae Gerwick (Hanna)

March 9, 1927 - April 22, 2020
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Ina Mae Gerwick of East Liverpool passed away peacefully on April 22 at Crossroads at Beaver Creek. She was born on March 9, 1927 to the late Paul C. and Ruth Standley Hanna in East Liverpool, where she would make her home as a lifelong resident with great pride in her community. On June 17, 1953, Ina married the love of her life, Eugene (“Bus”) Gerwick, at East Liverpool’s Orchard Grove United Methodist Church. After years apart, Ina is now reunited with “Bus” who preceded her in death on February 12, 1996.

As a graduate of East Liverpool High School’s class of 1945, Ina remained active in the ELHS Alumni Association and enjoyed socializing at the annual Olde Guard luncheons. Upon graduation, she attended Geneva College, majoring in education. Ina then built her career with American Electric Power/AEP (the former Ohio Power Company), where she worked as a senior administrative assistant in marketing and customer service. She retired in 1987, after employment spanning an amazing 38 years, and remained an honorary member of the AEP Veteran Employees Association.

Ina’s life lovingly revolved around God and her family. Ina was kind, generous, and thoughtful. She gave from her heart and was present for anyone in need. Most of all, Ina was a woman of faith and prayer. As a member of the former Orchard Grove United Methodist Church, she served on the finance committee board and taught Sunday school. Together, Ina and “Bus” served as advisors for the church youth group for many years. She was also on the committee that directed the eventual merger with the First United Methodist Church, where she continued her service ministry. Ina was active in all aspects of the church, including First United Methodist Women, Esther Bible Club, Rebecca Joy and Susannah Wesley Circles, the FISH organization, and the acolytes, which she chaired for years.

Her service and caring extended into the larger community as well. Ina served as a past member and volunteer of the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary, Area Seniors, Triangle Seniors, and ROLO Bereavement Group; she remained a current member (and past matron) of Crystal Chapter #18, Order of the Eastern Star and of The Social Order of the Beauceant Assembly #71, where she served as President in 1976.

Ina enjoyed reading and her many social activities. But, family was everything to Ina; and, she treated everyone as if they were family. All whose lives she touched will miss their sweet “Aunt Ina.” She loved golfing and traveling with her “Bus,” to their winter home in Florida and for wonderful visits with dear family members in Georgia and California. She was especially proud and supportive of her great-niece, Rebecca Hanna (PA-C) of Kissimmee, Florida and great-nephew, Dr. Christopher Hanna (DPT) of Columbus, Ohio, having attended their many athletic and academic activities on a daily basis throughout the years.

Some of the additional surviving family members whom she loved who will, in turn, greatly miss her, include: her sister-in-law, Margaret Hanna of Newell, WV and special cousin, Patricia (Don) Fleming of Zanesville, OH; her nephews: Charles (Patricia) Hanna of Poland, OH; Michael (Jodi) Hanna of New Middletown, OH; and Otto (Jan) Giuliani of Twain Harte, CA; and, her nieces: Barbara Hughes of Dunwoody, GA; Sandra Bullock-Iacullo of Snellville, GA; Karen (David) Fincher of Boiling Springs, PA; and Melissa Thayer; along with numerous other great-nephews and nieces whom she adored. In addition to her husband, Ina was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Bernard G. Hanna, H. John Hanna, and infant brother, Paul C. Hanna, Jr.

On behalf of Ina, her family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff of CrossRoads at Beaver Creek and Akeso Home Hospice for the kindness and exceptional care that they provided. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date, when family and friends can gather to share the many happy memories of Ina’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to her church, The First United Methodist Church (200 West 5th Street, East Liverpool, OH 43920).
In compliance with Ohio State regulations with concerns of the COVID-19 virus a private family service will be held at the Dawson Funeral Home. We encourage you to reach out to the family electronically at where condolences can be sent.

A celebration of Ina’s life will be scheduled at a later date so family and friends can share the many happy moments of her life.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Dawson Funeral Home
    215 West Fifth Street
    East Liverpool, Ohio 43920
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 12:00pm
    Dawson Funeral Home
    215 West Fifth Street
    East Liverpool, Ohio 43920
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    Pastor Stephen J. Knisely
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 |
    Saturday, April 25th, 2020
    Columbiana County Memorial Park
    16078 Irish Ridge Road
    East Liverpool, Ohio 43920
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Joe & Edie Erwin

Posted at 12:34pm
Thank you for always being such a loving friend to our family. You will always be close to our hearts. We aren't related but you will always be our Aunt Ina Mae. You will be missed.

Colleen van Leeuwen

Posted at 09:44am
My earliest memory of Ina Mae was when I was a little girl. I was at the AEP Christmas Party which was at the Masonic Temple. They were showing Woody Woodpecker Cartoons and she told me to sit on her lap and watch them. I did. I remember her whispering in my ear isn't this funny and laughing with me. I think I must have been about 5. She was such a lovely lady with a great smile and was always happy to see you.

Nila Lawrence Posted at 05:09pm

I worked with Ina Mae at Ohio Power in 1966. I was fresh out of ELHS and she was one of the kindest woman I had ever met. She has graduated to Heaven and I'll have the privilege of seeing her again one day. 💖

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