|(Mar. 5, 2019, 11:05 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com is saddened to report the passing of Janet Lerch, wife of retired LB Vice Mayor/9th dist. Councilman Val Lerch. Mrs. Lerch waged a courageous 15 year battle against MS. In a Mar. 4 Facebook message yesterday, retired Vice Mayor Lerch wrote:
It is with great sadness that I must let you know that my loving wife of 48 years as gone to meet her maker...Her family were able to visit her and spend some time. [On Monday] 3/4/19 she left this world. Vicki and I were there at her side.
She will be missed by everyone who ever met her. She was a Saint in the truest sense of the word.
[Updated] Memorial services will be held on March 18 at St. Cornelius, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd. at 11 a.m. [end Update] Thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts.
Within less than 24 hours, over 160 messages filled Mr. Lerch's Facebook page; below are just some of those from his City Hall year (not a complete list):
Tonia Reyes Uranga Val, she was a good woman and wife. Sorry to hear she is gone, Roberto and I will keep you in our prayers.
Chris Garner Val, very sad to hear about Janet. Such a nice woman. You and Vicki made her life wonderful while she was on Earth and now she will watch over the two of you from above.
John Edmond Val, We are praying for you and your family. Please take care of yourself.
Rae Gabelich Val, you gave Janet all the love you had in your heart. I've watched you for many, many years. She is now in a more restful place and your life will adapt. Prayers to you and your family.
Gerrie Schipske Val Lerch dear friend I know how much you loved her. She was blessed to have you at her side.
John Keisler Long Beach is with you Val.
Megan McGuiness Kerr So very sorry for your loss, Val.
Alyssa Gutierrez Iím so sorry for loss Val. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Rob Webb Val I'm so sorry to hear this news. She was always by your side and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now
Olivia Silva Maiser oh, Val, I'm so sorry. Janet was so supported by your love. You lived your wedding vows "...in sickness and in health." God bless you and your family in your grieving.
Doug Haubert Val Lerch I am so sorry to hear this news. May God bless and look over your family right now
Cathy Fox Wieder We're ao sorry or your loss Val. Janet was always smiling and so proud of you! Our love to you, Cathy, Tom and Matthew
When a familymember fights a debilitating, relentlessly advancing illness, the entire family effectively fights alongside them. We believe that was so with the Lerch family and especially Janet's loving husband Val, who valued each day with Janet until those days ran out.
LBREPORT.com extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and their many friends.