Patricia G. Gerke, 79, of Aurora, Indiana, was received into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born July 23, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of the late Pasquale and Ruth Daria.She worked as a Registered Nurse for Dearborn County Hospital, retiring after over 30 years of service.Patricia was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Her parish family was very important to her, as the practice of her faith was the most integral part of her life. She enjoyed her morning rosary group after daily mass, and she was also a member of the choir. Patricia also volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul and was a docent at the Hillforest Mansion in Aurora. Patricia was a member of the Dearborn County Right to Life; the issue of respecting life was near and dear to her heart.Surviving are children, Greg (Amber) Gerke of Indianapolis, IN, Mary Ann (Ed) Campbell of Louisville, OH, Susan (Jim) Renner of Milford, OH, Steven (Maria) Gerke of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin (Jessica) Gerke of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Zachery & Drew Gerke, Grant & Robin Campbell, Danny, Patrick & Stephanie Renner, William & Thomas Gerke, Preston Sullivan & Audrey Gerke.She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Daria.Friends will be received Monday, July 31, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Mass of Christian burial will be held at the Church on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s School or St. Vincent de Paul. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
What some might call a dream on the part of the National Sports Commission (NSC) is almost a reality as the National Athletes’ Database has rounded into its homestretch. The nearly-completed database was showcased at a press conference on Thursday at the NSC, with members of the media being able to view and access it.A preview of the databaseIt was with elation Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Assistant Director of Sport Melissa Richardson, Commissioner Edison Jefford and Intellect Storms’ Information Systems Architect Rowen Willabus unveiled the project that had an initial startup cost of GYD 2.8 million.According to Jones, the NSC is still waiting on some of the sport associations and federations to submit the information and stats they have on athletes. He cited the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) as one association that readily made their data available when called upon. Jones also added “Along with the database, we will have a facebook page that is geared towards getting those who are most involved in sports up to date with what is going on.”There were also talk of having the 15 Guyana Teachers’ Union districts active on the database. The districts would have their schools included with special focus being on talent in the upcoming National Schools’ Championships.It was at this point that Willabus took over before demonstrating how to find names on the database as well as what the database currently holds. “I think it’s a great initiative by NSC to chronicle data regarding the information.” The database currently holds all the sportsmen and sportswomen of the year from 1955 and according to Jones, data will be pulled from any and all sources.“The challenge facing us is where could you access information and confirm its accuracy. We will be cross-referencing and ensuring it’s the most accurate,” said Jones. He added that the accuracy of data would aid in associations choosing athletes to send abroad since the best athlete would be chosen to represent Guyana.The database will also hold association and federation information inclusive of the associations’ by laws and election dates. “We at the NSC will have this information and will send out messages to these associations to remind them of elections and if the constitution isn’t followed we will not be providing funding for these associations.”The database is expected to be available to the public as soon as next week if every association makes available there information to the NSC.