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Remembering Sam Gerhardstein

Sam GerhardsteinIt is with deep sadness that we share the news that longtime lobbyist and beloved friend and colleague Sam Gerhardstein died on Monday, February 12. His wife, former State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, shared the following with the OLA:

Samuel E. Gerhardstein, 68, of Venice Florida and formerly Marysville, Ohio, died February 12 following a stroke and a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

His career began with an internship in the Ohio Senate and later as legislative aide to Senator Paul Gillmor. He later held roles at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

He joined Columbia Gas/Nisource and served as Director of Governmental Affairs from 1996-2015. He then founded Capitol Success Consulting and lobbied independently until his retirement in 2021.

He is survived by his loving wife and former State Representative Dorothy Pelanda of Venice Florida, daughters, grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sam's family, friends, colleagues and all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be March 2, 2024, at Foos & Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place in Bellevue, Ohio, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Read the full obituary.

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Camille Gilliam   on Monday 02/12/2024 at 10:10 PM

Dorothy, I am so sorry for your loss, i totally understand the pain, I lost my husband last June. God bless and my prayers will be with you.

Teresa Ballinger    on Tuesday 02/13/2024 at 11:34 AM

I am sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful human. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Teresa Ballinger and John Shank

Cindy Bias   on Tuesday 02/13/2024 at 02:28 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers of comfort for you and your family during this most difficult time.

Sue Smail   on Thursday 02/15/2024 at 09:16 PM

Dorothy - I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and sympathies to you and your family.

Tracy and Chris Richardson   on Friday 02/16/2024 at 06:46 PM

Dorothy and Family,
We are so very sorry to learn this news. Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you!

Sharon and Kerr Murray   on Saturday 03/02/2024 at 08:46 AM

So saddened to hear your husband has passed. I still remember the day you introduced me to him a at All Occasions in Waldo, Oh. May God hold you close and heal your grieving heart . God bless you and your family.

With sympathy and love,
Sharon and Kerr Murray

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