Kenneth Gerstley

Ken Gerstley

July 30, 1962 - January 30, 2021
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    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12:00pm
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LifeBridge Health Department of Development
Attn: Safe Streets Belvedere, 1425 Clarkview Road, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21209


Ken Gerstley, of Pikesville, MD, passed away on Saturday, January 30th, 2021 at the age of 58. Ken was kind through and through, thoughtful of others, and a real gentleman. He was quick with a smile and a hug, and he made everyone feel welcome and comfortable with his infectious rumbling laugh; people loved to be around Ken. An outstanding athlete, he could play just about any sport with power and grace, and enjoyed being a part of the friendly competitions of Kan Jam and Spike Ball on the beach with his whole family. Over the years, he developed friendships wherever he worked, whether it was in the restaurant or ATM business. He also had an amazing work ethic, and he was driven both to do a great job for his customers and to take care of his family. But for Ken, the ultimate thing he loved the most was just hanging out with his two daughters and his loving wife. He was a proud and wonderful father and husband, an example and inspiration, and their hero, and he will be missed incredibly much.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Gerstley (nee Stavisky); daughters, Allie Gerstley and Tori Gerstley; siblings, Ron Gerstley (Amy Blank), Jeanne (Jeff) Weiner, Geri (Michael) Durham, and Jay T. Judd; mother, Barbara Judd; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bob and Roz Stavisky; brother-in-law and sister-in law, Jeff & Lori Stavisky; nieces, Allie and Emmy Weiner, Maria Gerstley, Manya Gerstley, Sophie and Lily Stavisky, and Lisa Shang; and nephews, Zach and Jake Weiner and Brooks Gerstley. He was predeceased by his brother, Lee Gerstley; and father, John Gerstley.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 12:00 pm. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Center for Hope, C/O LifeBridge Health Department of Development, 2401 W. Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 -
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Pat Ousborne

Posted at 04:50pm
I attended Towson U. with Kenny and always remember he was the greatest guy I ever met in college. He was very warm hearted and always made people feel better for his presence, His contagious smile and laugh made the world a better place. We even met up somewhat by surprise for Spring Break 1985 in Fort Lauderdale. When the guys I was staying with had some unpleasant conflicts, he said if it got too bad I could stay with him without my asking. I recently discovered that a friend of mine attended the Park School with him who felt the same exact way as I did. We were just trying to track him down recently so this is even more of a shock. We were both so saddened by this news. My heart goes out to your family. May he rest in peace. God bless.

Steve and Michele Hecht, Grapeview, WA

Posted at 08:51pm
Dear Barbara,
Sending you our deepest condolences on this sad occasion. May Ken's memory always be a blessing.

Lara Pettit

Posted at 12:46pm
I had the pleasure of working with Ken during my time in the ATM industry. EVERY interaction with Ken was joyous - he made me laugh, he genuinely cared, and he always treated me with respect and patience. He was my most favorite person to call and I did it often...especially when I needed a lifting of spirits, so to speak. Ken was selfless and he taught me so much during our time working together. He reminded me to always be kind, work hard, and to genuinely care about others. Those lessons will be with me forever. I made a promise when I heard of Ken's passing to carry his legacy on with me and to act as he would have as best as I can...for the rest of my days. My heart breaks for you, his family, and I wish I could hug each of you. Know that I am sending all of my love and comfort your way. XX

Katey Tomka

Posted at 11:20am
I have to admit, it has been well over 40 years since I saw or have spoken with Kenny. I attended Park School with him. I remember him as a funny , kind and gentle soul. Always having something nice to say when we spoke. It appears, he grew up to be the same kind of man. I learned of Kenny's untimely and tragic passing through mutual friends. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. I pray that you will find comfort in the memories you have of your Kenny. Godspeed, Kenny, may you rest in peace.

Betty caplan

Posted at 05:44pm
Betty Sellman Caplan
Dear Barbara, It has been years since we've had any contact. I was a long time friend of Joan Smelkinson Roth and that is how I knew you. Barbara, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Sending warm and caring thoughts your way.

Jillian Yoffe

Posted at 11:36pm
Dear Lori, Allie, and Tori,
Kenny really was known for those big hugs and his honest, loving nature. We will miss him so much at our family gatherings, and honor him always. He was such a warm generous spirit, always with a big smile and positivity. Losing Kenny is a true tragedy, and we are holding space for the Gerstley women in our thoughts daily. We send our love and support virtually during this difficult time, and hopefully soon in person, too. We love you all so so much. ♥️

Love Always,
Jilly and Evan

Dan Hirschhorn

Posted at 11:17pm
Dear Lori, Barbara, Ron and Family,

My connection with Kenny goes back many years to our days with Lee at Camp Winnebago. All the descriptions of Kenny at the funeral service and in this memorial book applied to him as a young boy as well. His core being never changed. I saw him infrequently over the years but always received a big, welcoming greeting when our paths crossed. My heart goes out to your entire family over this tragic loss. Your are all in my thoughts.

Cara Foley

Posted at 07:11pm
Dear Lori, Allie, and Tori,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking of and praying for you all.
Sending love and my sincerest condolences.

Michelle Trageser

Posted at 09:43am
Dear Gerstleys,
I grew up on Burwood Court with Kenny (never Ken!). The smiling guy in the pool photo is definitely the young Kenny I remember. I am heartbroken to hear the news of his tragic passing. I can't find the words here. Please know that he, and you, are in my thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Trageser

Lisa Lustgarten Janofsky

Posted at 07:54am
Dear Lori,
I'm heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you as you navigate this very sad time. Sending you love.

Meryl, Harold, Blair, Paul & Caitlin Burgin

Posted at 09:26pm
Dear Jeannie, Jeff and to your entire family -

There are no words. We were so shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your beloved Kenny. The service celebrating his life was beautiful. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all.


Gisela and Edwin Jules, Denver, Colorado

Posted at 07:07pm
Sorry for your loss. Remember all the good times.

Sheryl and Stuart Title

Posted at 05:19pm
So very sorry foe your loss. May your dear, sweet, loving memories be a source of comfort.

Andy and Michele Heller and Family

Posted at 03:00pm
Dear Barbara, Lori, Tori, Allie, Ronnie, Jeanne and Family,
Words cannot express how saddened and sorry we were to hear about Kenny's sudden passing. When I heard the news on Sunday, I was in shock. Kenny was like a brother. He was a fun, loving, happy, caring and generous guy who would give you the shirt off his back. I'll always remember the memories of camp days, summers at Suburban Club, summers in Ocean City, and our time spent together on the lacrosse field and ski trips. He had the greatest smile and laugh. Kenny loved everyone and will be missed terribly. We are sending everyone hugs and prayers during this very sad and difficult time.

Donald Kirson

Posted at 11:11am
sincere sympathies for your tragic loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ronnie Albom

Posted at 11:11am
Dear Lori, Ronnie, Amy, Barbara, Jeanne, Allie, Tori and the entire extended Gerstley family,

Kenny was my life-long brother, as our good friend Andrew Schaffer said, just from a different mother. I love you Barbara. There are no words that can make this tragedy and loss of our dearly beloved Kenny, make any sense. I loved him, along with so many others. The words written here are clear, he was loved by so many. I love you all and miss my life-long brother.

My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences.

Casey Lieberman

Posted at 02:27am
Dear Lori, Allie, and Tori, I cannot express enough how incredibly sorry I am for your loss. Ken was always so welcoming and warm towards me, and he had the best presence. Some of my best memories from high school include hanging out at Allie’s house, and Ken always made me feel so welcome there. Whether it was a spontaneous run-in at the beach, or picking us up from the movies in high school, you could tell that Ken had an amazing heart and was so loved. I’ll always remember him in the best light, and am thinking of you and your entire family during this unfathomable time. Love, Casey

Tricia Bernstein Starke

Posted at 10:54pm
I am so very sorry for this heartbreaking loss of Kenny . Sending love and prayers to his family and friends . My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time

Tamara Brent

Posted at 10:08pm
Dear Gerstley family, I was so sad to hear of your sudden and enormous loss. I was a Park classmate and neighbor of Ken’s (lots of carpools!) and although we didn’t stay in touch over the years I see that his smile and energy never changed. Condolences to all of you and may his memory be a blessing.

Tamara (was Blum)

Diane Lieberman

Posted at 09:41pm
Dear Lori, Allie and Tori,
I join so many others in sending condolences at this heartbreaking time. So very sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I know there are many, many great memories of fun, laughter and love, and I hope they bring you strength and peace in the days ahead.

Vered and Dror Mei-Tal

Posted at 09:34pm
Dear Lori and family,
We are so sorry to hear about you loss. Our heart goes out to all of you.

Jeff and Cindy Saval

Posted at 09:27pm
Lori, Allie and Tori,
There are no words to express how tragic the loss of Kenny is to everyone that knew him. Any time we would see Kenny he had a smile on his face and showed genuine concern for our family. We will miss Kenny. Our most sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

Sarah Shapiro

Posted at 08:33pm
Dear Gerstley Family - I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. Though we didn't see one another much in our adult years, whenever we did, Kenny radiated such warmth and caring. He will always be remembered for his kind, gentle spirit. May your fond memories bring you comfort in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Dinah Mahaffey

Posted at 07:47pm
I am so sorry to hear this sad news! I worked with PAI and spoke with Ken frequently to help with their ATM business. He was always very kind and respectful and appreciative! I have been retired for over two years, but a former co-worker gave me this tragic news. He knew that we all enjoyed working with Ken and Ron and that we had such warm feelings for both. It is so sad since we referred to them as some of the “good guys”! My sincerest condolences, Dinah Mahaffey

Marjorie Goodman

Posted at 07:28pm
Lori, Barbara, Jeannie, Ronnie and Amy. I didn’t know Kenny very well but whenever I saw him at Amy and Ronnie’s, it was immediately apparent that love and happiness entered the room. His love of family was obvious. May you all gain strength from each other and may Kenny’s memory be for a blessing.

Wendy Wolock

Posted at 07:17pm
Dear Lori, and The entire Gerstley, Judd, and Weiner families
My heart aches for you all at this most tragic loss. I remember Kenny as “the pied piper” of Suburban Club, with kids of all ages following him into the pool for fun and games.
Lori, I know you have an amazing army of support in friends and family that all are behind you when the days are most difficult. Keep the memories in your heart for comfort as well.
My prayers are with you all
Wendy Wolock

Barbara Lichtenberg

Posted at 06:47pm
Sending my sincere condolences to you Barbara, Lori, Allie, Tori, Amy, Ronnie, Jeannie, Jeff and your extended families. Kenny’s love of family, his many friendships and his work ethics, etc etc etc are part of what made Kenny distinct from others. May you keep your everlasting and genuine memories deep in your hearts.

Murray Green

Posted at 06:30pm
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We always looked forward to seeing Kenny . He was such a kind and caring person. May his memory be for a blessing. Murray and Gail Green

Joel Canfield

Posted at 06:05pm
Roz and Bob. So sorry to get this sad news about your son-in-law Ken. I send you and the family my sincere condolences.

Paul and Beth Bollinger

Posted at 04:46pm
Lori and family
We are very sorry for your loss.
The Bollingers

Audrey Naides

Posted at 04:17pm
I am so heartbroken to hear this terrible news. I am a friend of Ron and Amy, and have seen Kenny and his family many many times over the years. What a kind man he was! It was very obvious what kind of dad he was. I am so sad for the entire family. I know he will be terribly missed! My thoughts are with you all,

Audrey Naides Kahan

Sheldon Roth

Posted at 04:11pm
Sheldon Roth
February 01, 2021 | Family


Posted at 04:03pm
I’m shocked to here the news of Kenny , what a terrible thing to happen to the nicest guy !Kenny was always a kind of guy , that even if you haven’t seen him in years and bump into him, he would make you feel like we would pick up we’re we left off , and still be friends . I’m hoping that you’re family will be ok and find strength through his loving memories..

David & Harriet Hutzler

Posted at 03:49pm
Barbara & Family, We are deeply saddened over the loss of your Ken.
Tragic is an understatement. Our heart goes out to all of you.
Love, Harriet & David

Ellen and Michael Levin

Posted at 03:37pm

What a warm gentle soul . Kenny’s smile and friendly personality was loved by all who met him . Your loss is unfathomable. May he Rest In Peace and Kenny’s memories bring a warm smile to your hearts .

Ellen Z. Asher

Posted at 02:48pm
Lori and family
There are no words to say to any of you to make any sense of this chaos .💔 Broken
Such a devoted beautiful family from knowing all of you from Beth El Preschool- Hold on tight to your memories-sending virtual hugs
Morah Ellen Asher

Andy Wetzler

Posted at 02:26pm
Very sorry for your loss.

Barbara and Joel Richmond

Posted at 02:04pm
We are so sorry for, and saddened by, this terrible loss of your beloved Ken. May his memory be for a blessing.

Richard and Stephanie Gold

Posted at 01:48pm
To the Gerstley family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Kenny was such a great guy. He always had a smile and I couldn't help but smile every time I saw him. I remember Ken as a kid growing up. We lived around the corner on Woodland Drive. A few years ago he played in a poker game with me, Ron and several other friends. We told him he had to bring dinner so he brought two pizzas. For ten guys. He was so upset that it wasn't enough food he insisted on going out to get more even though we all laughed and said it wasn't necessary. That's the kind of guy he was. He will be missed.

Jay T Judd

Posted at 01:39pm
I will never understand this senseless taking of Kenny’s life. I will always remember Kenny saying to me every time I saw him “Bro how’s biz”. RIP brother.

Bonnie Preziosi

Posted at 01:25pm
Sending so much love to the family. Kenny was a great guy. He will be truly missed. I have fond childhood memories of him and bombing down the mountain together in Vail when we ditched the parents and playing in the pool. I hope to see the family at the beach again. Hugs to all!

Carolyn O'Keefe

Posted at 01:15pm
Dear Lori,
During our many years of friendship, it's always been so obvious how much you and Kenny adored one another. Today's service and your words illuminated that. "I want us to be on the same page!" His love, passion and determination was a true force for connectedness in your marriage. He would have it no other way. Relationships go naturally a bit stale over the years...but not so Lori and Kenny, and that makes today much much harder. If only you had loved less, this wouldn't hurt so deeply. If only you had been less whole as a couple, you would not feel broken. If only he had been less radiant, funny and irresistibly dear. If only. How is it, that during this terrible time, as your friends grieve, we also know you two were shined upon by a bright lucky star? A tragedy, a loss, a love story. We are here for you 1000%.

Mark Kuritzky

Posted at 01:05pm
Lori, Allie and Tori,
There just are no words. Wishing you all my sincere and heartfelt condolences while sending each of you my love and support.

Janet Silber

Posted at 01:05pm
To all of Kenny's family and loved ones,
I have wonderful memories of Kenny growing up in our neighborhood and though we went off to live our lives as adults, when our paths did cross, Kenny was there with a big smile and a warm hug. He radiated warmth and kindness and that's how I will always remember him. Please know that I am holding your families in a warm embrace in my heart. So much love.

Denise and Kevin Ryan

Posted at 01:03pm
Dear Lori and family, please know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers today, and as you move forward. Words can’t adequately express our sympathy for you and you’re family. Please know that we grieve with you and will continue to pray for the soul of your beloved Kenny.

Dale Pakula Perreault

Posted at 01:00pm
I was so sad to hear of Kenny's passing. He was the best! I have known him my whole life and loved him like a brother. You all have such amazing memories of him and I hope that helps you a little bit during these very rough days ahead. Sending you warm thoughts, hugs and prayers.

Jen and Jason Siegel

Posted at 12:59pm
Lori and Family - Jason and I are saddened to hear the passing of your beloved Ken. Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family. Sending lots of love to you all.

Lisa (Dvorine) abrams

Posted at 12:57pm
Barbara, Lori, Jeannie, Ron, Allie, Tori, and your families—i am so deeply sorry for this tragic, tremendous loss and your pain. I remember Kenny as my carpool buddy who used to play “mitten puppets” with me in the way back of Barbara’s station wagon. I know from how he treated me way back then that he would be a wonderful, fun father. Every time i would see Ken over the years he would greet me with a huge smile and an aura of warmth and joy i will always remember. Mickey and i send you all love and strength.

Baila and Bruce Waldholtz

Posted at 12:57pm
We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Kenny and the Gerstley family our whole life. Our heart aches for all of you. My brother Louis was best of friends with Kenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad and difficult time.

Cynthia Eisenrauch

Posted at 12:50pm
My Deceased son Eric, was a customer of Ron, Ken and Lee. Being an involved Mom, I was around a lot. Fortunately I was around to meet Ken many times. He always spoke about his wife and his girls. He beamed with love and pride. Ken was always very pleasant, kind and personable. A true Gentleman!
I send my most sincere condolences to His wife, daughters, Ron and families.

Nancy Caplan

Posted at 12:46pm
Dear Gerstley family,
My heart breaks for your giant loss. My brief interactions with this warm, wonderful man made a positive impact I will never forget. The world is diminished by his absence even as heaven is enriched by his lovely soul. May his memory be a blessing. I pray for the end of this pandemic so that your loved ones can flock to embrace you in comfort. Until then may you find strength to endure. He is with you so you are safe.

Lisa Simon Jablon

Posted at 12:12pm
Ron and Amy and the entire Gerstley family,
I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. May only happy, joyous memories fill your days .
May Ken's name be forever a blessing to all who knew him.

Kerry Hannan

Posted at 12:04pm
Dear Lori, Allie and Tori, I am so so sorry for your loss. I hope that you will find some peace and comfort in the days ahead, through your everlasting memories and the love you all shared. Sending love and prayers to you all. Kerry

Nadine and Ray weinstein

Posted at 11:59am
Dear Roz and Bob and Family,

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ken. We hope that the memories of good times
will, in time, overcome this terribly difficult one. May you all be well and strong.

Shannon Wood

Posted at 11:57am
Lori, Allie and Tori,
I am so sorry for your loss! Please know I am thinking of you and sending love and prayers for peace and comfort.

Jody Furman Zafrir

Posted at 11:54am
Lori and family,
Heartfelt sympathy to the entire Gerstley family for a life that ended too soon. Wishing you strength in these difficult days and hoping that with time, peace will heal and comfort your hearts. -Jody

Julie, Marty, Samantha, Andrew, and Rebecca Greenwald

Posted at 11:48am
Dearest Lori, Allie, Tori, and family,
Our hearts a broken at the loss our our beloved Kenny. The world has lost a true gentleman; a mensch in every sense of the word. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. And we pray that your wonderful memories of his smile, his laughter, his compassion, his zest for life, and his love for you all will carry you through this difficult time. May Kenny's memory be a blessing to all and may you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. We love you all.

Linda Leffman

Posted at 11:45am
Amy and Ron
My heartfelt and sincere sympathy to both of you and your entire family.
Please Know that your sorrow is shared. May Ken's name forever be a


Mickey and Lisa Abrams

Posted at 11:42am
Lisa and I are so saddened by this senseless loss. Our thoughts are with the entire family.

Pat Gerstle Nissan

Posted at 11:22am
Although I spent very few moments with my first cousin Kenny... those few moments were more than enough time for me to know how special Kenny was! To all the Gerstley family... I send you my sincere sympathies and healing love!

susan biller

Posted at 11:08am
I am so so sorry for the very tragic loss of your beloved Ken. I’m thinking about you and your family

Brittish Miser

Posted at 10:59am
Dear Gerstley/Weiner family (truly too many to list) -
I was so sorry to hear the news of Kenny. I am trying to wrap my head around such a tragedy, such a loss. My heart goes out to you all. Two things I keep thinking about from my early years with Kenny's presence in my life....first was his infectious laugh. Just a simply happy person, through and through. Forty years later and I can still hear that laugh of his. My other memory that stands out is cheering him on for what I believe was his first mini-marathon. Even then I was in awe of his undertaking: athletic, determined, but always smiling. What an upbeat spirit that will be missed by so many. All my love....Brittish


Roger Weinberg

Posted at 10:43am
Dear Gerstley, Weiner, Judd and Stravisky Families: I am in shock to learn of Ken's untimely and senseless death. I have fond memories of Ken and the rest of the Gerstley clan from my youth (family outings, ski trips, Suburban Club). As described by others, he was a warm and fun loving man. My sincere condolences to all of you during this unfortunate time. Hopefully Ken will be remembered for the good he has done in this world and his love for his family. Rest in peace Kenny.

Randi Goodman

Posted at 10:35am
Dearest Lori, Allie, Tori,
Along with everyone else I am shocked and saddened to hear about Ken. Such a senseless, tragic, horrific thing to happen . I will always remember how nice and friendly Ken was. Many years ago Ken catered a dinner for over 500 people at Glyndon Elementary. It was the opening of their cafeteria. It was great working with him. But what I remember most is his love for the 3 of you. Such a true loving family guy. Always so proud of his loving family. We will all miss Ken, but his beautiful soul will watch over from above. A soul this special I’m sure has more work to do to help make this world more loving. His spirit will continue to do wonderful things🙏 At least that is what I choose to believe. Sending hugs hugs to all of you.

Andrew Schaffer

Posted at 09:25am
Dear Lori, Allie, Tori and the entire Gerstley extended family,

I keep thinking and reading the term Brother, when thoughts and memories of Kenny come up. He was that Brother from another Mother ( FYI, we all love Barbra). Fun, caring and generous with his laughs; Kenny was exactly as described in all of these notes. One of my oldest friends from Park, Pikesville and any open field ( or late night Pikesville Sr. High tennis court) with a frisbee. No doubt, there is a hole in my heart. Sending our love to all to all who knew Kenny.
Andrew and Sheila Schaffer

Ellie Goldbloom

Posted at 08:44am
I was so sorry to hear of the tragic passing of Ken...such a great guy...always had a smile on his face. Hoping your wonderful memories help get you through this difficult time. My sincere condolences.

alissa sheinbach

Posted at 08:39am
Sending love and prayers to your family. You are all in our hearts. Alissa Sheinbach and Per Jensen and Gabriel and Anika Jensen

Amy Swirnow Schapiro

Posted at 08:05am
Such sad and tragic news saddens us to the core. Jeffrey and I are so sorry for your loss. Ken was such a sweetheart. He brightened any room he walked into. He will be sorely missed. Sending love, strength and prayers to the whole family!

Linda Freud

Posted at 06:54am
Barbara and family, words fail me at a time like this. The Friedman and Katz families have known each other for so long. May loving memories and the strength of family and friends help support you and ease your pain.

Linda Freud

Shelley Goldberg

Posted at 10:14pm
Dear Lori and family, and Ron and family,
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved Ken. Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences and hoping the wonderful memories will comfort you at this difficult time and always. Gone too soon but never forgotten. RIP.

Shelley Foland

Posted at 09:42pm
Dear Lori,
Words cannot express my sadness when hearing the news about Kenny. Kenny brought such a smile to everyone he encountered. Such a kind and sweet soul and someone who just made you smile. Lori, my heart breaks for you to have this tragedy to deal with and wish you strength and am praying for you and your family.

Lori and Steve Kirr

Posted at 09:17pm
Dear Lori, Allie, Tori and family,
Our hearts are so broken. Words could never express how much we loved our Kenny. His smile, his laugh, his bear hugs, his compassion, his genuine concern, are all things we will miss. The 40 years of friendship and memories are engraved in our hearts forever. Please know we are here for you, as Kenny always was for us. He was one of the truly great ones and we are so blessed to have you all in our lives. Dear Ken RIP and know we will be part of the village taking care of your precious girls. We love you giant teddy bear.

Stephanie & David Citron

Posted at 09:03pm
Dear Lori, Allie, & Tori:
We are devastated to learn about about Ken’s untimely passing. We got to know all of you when the kids were young; in Worthington Park, by the kiddie pool at Suburban Club, at Beth Tfiloh preschool and dozens of other places raising our kids took us. Ken’s easy smile and Zen attitude was the welcoming demeanor that set the tone for a good time. He was sheer joy and you were blessed to have him. We hope that you can find comfort from those years together and the precious gifts he left behind. Love, The Citron Family

Michelle Rosenberg Ressin

Posted at 08:43pm
Lori and family,
I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences. Sending strength, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

April & Joel Lichtenberg

Posted at 08:28pm
Dearest Lori and girls,
We are saddened and heartbroken to hear about your tragic loss. Ken was loved by so many and will be remembered for his loving nature. May his memory be a blessing. Sending our love xoxo

Laurie Sklar

Posted at 08:16pm
Lori, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. My deepest sympathies.

Bob Roth

Posted at 08:08pm
Dear Gerstley and Weiner Families –

We are all having a hard time processing the loss of our Kenny G.

To my cousins Barbara, Lori, Jeanne and Ronnie and the extended Gerstley and Weiner families, this loss has ripped a hole in all of our hearts. Kenny was uniquely a one-of-a-kind person; he literally would give his shirt off his back for a complete stranger. When you were in Kenny presence, he had this special gift in making you always feel good. His smile was infectious, and he was always upbeat. You would never know if he was having a bad day but if you were, somehow you would leave a Kenny encounter feeling better. Kenny was not only my cousin, but he was also my classmate, teammate, and good friend. Family was always first for Kenny, he loved his girls and would always talk about them.

Elapsed time never negatively affected our relationship we would always pick up where we left off, even as the years past. I love you Kenny G, rest in peace my brother.

Bobby Roth

Marvin and Marcie Frankel, Buffalo, NY

Posted at 05:49pm
Dear Barbara and all, we met you and John many years ago, when we lived in Baltimore, on a ski trip to Vail, and you have remained in our memories. We were in Sinai at the same time for Ken and our daughter, two days apart. Barbara, our hearts ache for you and all your family at this sad time. Sincere condolences.


Posted at 05:39pm
Dear Barbara Lori Jeanne & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad timeEveryone shares so many wonderful memories of Ken and hopefully these fond memories will bring you comfort and peace at this terrible time.

Cari Kramer

Posted at 05:08pm
To Lori, Allie, Tori, Jeanne and Family,
Jon and I are so sorry for your loss. Whenever we spent time with Ken he was full of life and made us feel very welcome. He will truly be missed.
Cari & Jon Kramer

Aileen Braverman

Posted at 04:49pm
I am heartbroken for you & you family.
Sending love,

Howard Needle

Posted at 04:40pm
Dear Ron,
I'm sorry that I did not know Ken, as the wonderful testimonials written about him are so inspiring. I cannot imagine how you can handle this tragic loss of your brother, and hope, like everybody else, that your fond memories of him will be a lifelong blessing.


Carol Wagenheim

Posted at 04:30pm
Dear Lori: You and I played tennis together some years ago in a foursome. I remember one time we only had three, and Ken joined us. I recall what a really nice guy he was, and what a sweet person you are. My condolences on this tragic loss.

Linda Schwartz

Posted at 04:26pm
Roz and Bob
So sorry to hear about your loss .... thinking of you and your family at this sad time

Anne Sheehan

Posted at 04:17pm
Dear Lori, Tori and Allie
I am so terribly sorry for your loss and, like many, I cannot make any sense of it. Please know I am thinking of all of you. I hope your beautiful memories help with the sadness.

Jenny Dyer and Tracy Stott

Posted at 04:11pm
Dear Lori and family,

We were so upset to hear this tragic news and are so sorry for your loss. Sending you wishes for peace and healing, comfort in your cherished memories, and hope in the knowledge that Ken's legacy goes on through you.

Jenny Dyer and Tracy Stott

Jill Hack

Posted at 03:41pm
Kenny was the sweetest guy. He and my late sister, Mandy Edelstein, were very good friends growing up. I got to know Kenny as well as I attended Park and he was around my house to hang with Mandy. I am sending my deepest condolences to the entire Gerstley family. I hope knowing that Kenny had so many life long friends who care will help in your healing. Sending prayers your way.

Arnold & Susan Greenspun

Posted at 02:48pm
Sorry to hear of your unexpected and sudden loss. May you be consoled with fond memories of family gatherings and a big smile and bear hugs.

Arnold & Susan Greenspun


Brian Klam

Posted at 02:24pm
When I think of Kenny, I think of that smile. It hit you right in the chest. It warmed up everyone in the room because it was such a pure expression of this big-hearted, warm-hearted, open, curious, funny guy. When I look at the pictures that smile hits me in the chest just like it always did, like he left it for us so we could warm ourselves in it whenever we need it.

Andy Feinberg

Posted at 02:14pm
To Lori, Allie, Torie, Barbara, Ron, Jeanne, Geri & Jay.........
Words cannot express how sorry I am at this senseless tragedy. Kenny was a mensch from that big smile he always had to that bear hug you'd get whenever you'd see him. A true gentleman, a great husband and father and a great friend to so many. - Just look at the memory book!! Kenny's heart was his family and his kindness to all was his soul!
May Hashem comfort you all and may Kenny' memory be a blessing to us all.
Andy & Robin Feinberg

Beckie, Howard, Lexi and Candice Fisher

Posted at 02:00pm
Dear Lori, Allie and Tori,
We are so sad to hear of your tragic loss. We remember Ken during the GFS years always with a big smile, a kind word, and as a very devoted dad. No doubt you girls were his world. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time.

Martha Fitzpatrick Bishai

Posted at 01:47pm
I am a friend of Ken's sister Jeanne from RPCS -- I was in the Class of 1978. Jeanne, my heart breaks for you, for Ken's wife and daughters, and for your whole family. What a profound and tragic loss this is. I send you my heartfelt condolences. May his memory be a blessing always

Mel Weinstock

Posted at 01:44pm
Dear Barbara and family. I did not know Kenny but based on the many messages I’ve read ,he must have been a wonderful person. To lose him so unexplainably and violently will notbtake away from his memory. Always remember him as you knew and lovedhim in life. It is a blessing.

Lois and Irv Elhai

Posted at 01:33pm
We are so sorry to hear
of your tragic loss.
May his memory be a blessing.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Abbie Rosensweig Bass

Posted at 12:58pm
Dear Family of the late Ken Gerstley,
I recognized the name Gerstley when reading about this tragic incident and subsequent tragic loss of Ken while reading this morning's SUN paper. I am sickened by this senseless act that resulted in a loss of such a vital loving human being. While I did not know Ken, I went to high school with Amy Blank and would see her with Ron and Manya at Temple Emmanuel for the years that we were members. The few conversations I had with Ron showed me that he was such a nice and decent person....a real mensch.
It usually runs in families; I suspect from all the comment written here that Ken was the embodiment of love, kindness, and decency. May you all find comfort in the memories you share. And may Ken's memory be for a blessing.

Leslie and Ira Papel

Posted at 12:27pm
Lori and the Gertsley family,
We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and your family. May your memories bring you comfort at this terribly sad time.

Betsy K. Gamse

Posted at 12:05pm
Dear Lori, Allie, Tori, Barbara, Jeannie and Ron, We were heartbroken to read of this terrible and tragic loss of your dear Kenny! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May his memory be a comfort to you. With sympathy, Betsy (Kravitz) and Jon Gamse

Debra and Maurice Furchgott

Posted at 12:00pm
Dear Barbara and family
Words fail us. Your loss is tragic. Ken left a legacy of joy and love. It is a blessing to look back on his life with a smile.

Mickey and Carole Fox

Posted at 11:53am
There is nothing so awful as losing a child. I am so, so sorry.

Ann Kagan and family

Posted at 11:52am
Dear Barbara and the Gerstley Family,

Thinking of your family today and sending deepest condolences and love. Kenny left a legacy of love for you all. The memory of this amazing, wonderful man will endure always.


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