Our beloved Edgar Bruno Gertsch, 40, of Wooster – doting husband, father, son, brother, and friend – passed away unexpectedly from a sudden illness on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Wooster Community Hospital.
Born March 19, 1982 in Puebla, Mexico to the proudest parents, Bruno and Alida Gertsch, Edgar was a kind, quirky, fun-loving soul who had the biggest heart and brightened the lives of everyone who knew him. He married the love of his life, Melissa Wengerd in 2014 in Wooster, Ohio – the city they adore and have since made home. Always down for an adventure, their marriage was filled with memorable travels, theme parties, game nights, beach vacations, and relaxing days in their treasured home. In 2019 they welcomed their son, Griffin, who brought boundless joy to Edgar’s life.
Edgar graduated from Furman University with a degree in History, though his true specialty was often found in the kitchen. From a very young age he had a passion for cuisine, always eager to try new foods like escargot, frog legs, or charales (‘snake’) tacos. His love for food and cooking was a lifelong pursuit, from perfecting his own hot sauce recipes to creating new delicious and flavorful dishes. Edgar found great happiness in hosting others and looked forward to weekly Sunday night dinners with family, fixing elaborate meals on his Blackstone grill. Edgar cooked like he lived life – sometimes messy, but always full of love and flavor.
His love of food transferred well to his new sales job at Hershey’s Ice Cream, which he really enjoyed and fulfilled with great pride. Edgar’s favorite job, however, was being a dad. He recently taught his son, Griffin (3), about human anatomy where he outshined us all in his memorization skills. Griffin will have the most wonderful memories of his father who loved him immeasurably.
Deeply missing Edgar are his wife, Melissa (Wengerd) Gertsch; son, Griffin; mother, Alida Gertsch; brother and sister-in-law, Oscar and Emily Gertsch; niece and nephew, Charlotte and Owen Gertsch; father- and mother-in-law, Stan and Linda Wengerd; sister-in-law, Lauren Wengerd; brother- and sister-in-law, Logan and Mackenna Wengerd; and so many friends who he loved and who loved him immensely. He was preceded in death earlier this year by his father, Bruno Gertsch, who we are sure was there to greet him with a warm embrace.
To know Edgar was to love him. Though no amount of time with him would have been enough, Edgar gave us the most incredible memories to last a million lifetimes. Oh, how we loved him. Salud!
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Best Western in Wooster, Ohio on Saturday, January 7th from 4-7pm with a prayer and brief message at 5pm.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com