Ruth Ann Gerstenkorn

Friends and family will celebrate the life of Ruth Ann Gerstenkorn, 58, of Vacaville on Saturday in Vacaville.

Mrs. Gerstenkorn died March 12, 2001, in Vacaville after a long illness.

The family will officiate the services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the home of her daughter, Donna Weaver, 392 Youngsdale Court, Vacaville. Inurnment will be private.

Born Sept. 7, 1942, in Morris, Ill., she resided in Vacaville for 34 years, where she was involved in many civic endeavors.

Mrs. Gerstenkorn was the first woman foreman of the Solano County grand jury in the mid-1980s. She was president of the Children's Network of Vacaville and was chairwoman of Vacaville's Human Services Commission in 1981.

She worked as a manager of the Army and Air Force Exchange in electronics and toys while living in North Africa during the early 1960s. After returning to the United States she worked as a nurse's aid at Solano County Hospital in 1968.

Her career included working as a Realtor associate for Red Carpet Realty and as a custom interior decorator for J.C. Penney Co. in 1980. After she obtained her real estate brokers license, she owned and operated two businesses, the Solano Eviction Service and the Solano Landlord Service, from which she retired in 1997.

An avid Egyptologist, she often traveled to Egypt. She spent time living in various countries around the globe, including Panama and Libya. She also lived in New Mexico for a time, her family said.

As a hobby, Mrs. Gerstenkorn maintained a Jon Benet Ramsey Web site.

She is survived by her husband, longtime Sheriff's Department administrator and local businessman, Frank Gerstenkorn of Vacaville; daughter, Donna Weaver of Vacaville; son, Vince of Long Beach; brother, Carl Dennis Larsen of Vacaville; sister, Marla Gail Graves of Vacaville; grandchildren, Edward Carl Weaver, Korbin Bronson Weaver and Michael Clifton Weaver, all of Vacaville.

Arrangements were handled by Nadeau Family Funeral Home.