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Ben Joseph Gergerich

  • On March 19, 2020

On March 14, 2020 a bright light was put out. Ben Joseph Gergerich, 37 of Crafton, left this world suddenly, leaving a hole in the hearts of many.

Ben will be profoundly missed every day by his son Klaus Gergerich, his mother Priscilla (Gary) Bauer, his father Richard (Suzanne) Gergerich, his brother Edward (Fabiola) Gergerich, nieces Dymphna and Caterina, nephew Demetrius, and beloved sister Alana Gergerich, as well as his grandmother Phyllis Janocha. Ben will long be remembered by his many close cousins, aunts, uncles and he will be missed by his many, many friends whom he loved dearly.

From the time Ben could hold a crayon he drew anything, anywhere and over time he fine-tuned that skill into an acclaimed tattoo career. Ben graduated from Carlynton HS/Alternative school in 2000 and immediately started as an apprentice in a tattoo shop. Through the years, Ben worked with many artists both local and national, creating a reputation and a following that will live beyond him in memory.

In light of the current “social distancing”, a Celebration of Life is tentatively scheduled for June 20, 2020. Details will become more solid as we traverse through this world-wide crisis. In the meantime, if you have a great story, picture or drawing to share, we have started a book that will be given to his son. The book is currently at Big Iron Tattoo, 4253 Steubenville Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, mail it or stop by to add to this tribute.

If you would like to donate in honor of Ben, contributions to a college fund can be made payable to Klaus Gergerich and mailed to: RBC Wealth Management 1605 Carmody Drive, Suite 200, Sewickley, PA 15143. For those who would like to contribute online, Ben’s sister is accepting gifts through Pay Pal for Klaus’s education fund at akgerge@yahoo.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, Robinson Township, PA.

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  • Mar 20 2020
Condolences, thoughts and prayers with you during this time, from the Gazda Family.
  • Mar 20 2020
Love and condolences from the Loerlein family to every person affected in this loss. I will have your art on my body for the rest of my life and will think of you always.
Amy Joseph
  • Mar 20 2020
prayers for everyone during this time my boyfriend and I met Ben about a month ago I really wanted to finish a piece that was for my sister who had passed he was very kind he did the tatoo and it turned out perfect while he was tattooing we all talked laughed we mentioned we had kids he talked about having a son seemed like a really great dad it’s hard to lose people that we love there are no right words to say in mourning just keep memories alive thank you for your time and giving me a great tatoo that I can cherish you brought such creativity into the world Rest In Peace Ben
Tracy Houck
  • Mar 20 2020
Rest easy my friend!! See you on the other side brother! Much love🤘🏻
  • Mar 20 2020
Daniel and Katie Morgan are so sad you left this earth. There is a part of you living on Daniel. Only the two of you know the intimacy of that connection. Rest easy. I know where your heart was.
  • Mar 21 2020
Dear God this life is hard to live sometimes...like this. I thought I was done with tears and aching heart, disbelief, anger and feelings of true unfairness...but it goes on. Ben’s outer shell is gone, but Ben Joseph Gergerich will NEVER, EVER be far from this earthly plane. RIP Ben, you deserve it. So very sorry for the loss of this young man.
Chelsey Weinheimer
  • Mar 22 2020
Though Ben and I went to Carlynton together I didn't know him until many years later. It was when I got my 2nd tattoo at Pale Horse Tattoo in Lawrenceville that we crossed paths again. He was such a kind and genuine soul. And a very talented artist. My heart goes out to your family at this time.
Milagro Zeno
  • Mar 22 2020
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  • Mar 24 2020
Every now and then we can see a sunset like never before maybe a moon lit night where the stars shine down on us and give us inspiration or touch our spirit and bring us an energy so big it magnifies in us something bigger and better it simply changes us,this world is granted small promising pods in its endless chapters spirits that are just not of the average mold they are just one step beyond,My pal Ben I’m gonna miss you I lit a candle for you I say a prayer for you and I wish you every single amazing moment you may have dreamt your heaven to be maybe a paradise in the astros that shine it’s radiance on us I hope you paint vibrant sunsets strong courageous storms with waves to reshape and mold ourselves with,I hope that your fragments left behind as pieces of a man we all knew can grow into roaring flames and never become embers you live on in the flesh of your family and your in the hearts and minds of many, Sails up my friend go on find the new find the beacons of light and be renewed-I thank you for your helping me and I thank you for your true blue tattooing you will always be one of the real gold ones-your pal Bobby P/V San Jose California
Emelina Ermita
  • Mar 25 2020
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