Geraldine M. “Gerry” Walsh, age 79, of Claymont, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her daughters on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Gerry was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine VanHaute. She graduated from Frankford High School. She was an active member of Holy Rosary Parrish for over 50 years and a Girl Scout Leader for many years. She raised her family in the close knit community of Northridge. Gerry was also a board member of The Women’s Auxiliary of the Delaware Pharmaceutical Society. She enjoyed bowling, ceramics with her girlfriends, vacationing at the Jersey Shore, and is well known for her avid decorating for all the holidays. Gerry, along with her husband John shared the love of their Irish heritage with everyone around them. Gerry’s passion though, was her family. She treasured her time with her family at holiday parties, Sunday brunches and dinners, and garage picnics. She was known as “Gigi” by her grandchildren who she adored.
Gerry’s husband of 43 years, John P. Walsh, Jr. died in 2001. She is survived by her 4 daughters, Karen Kleinschmidt (Mark), Patricia McGurk (Rob), Eileen Paulson (Nick) and Theresa Case (Nate); 10 grandchildren, Michael, Allison & Anna Kleinschmidt, Robert, James & Mary Kate McGurk, Kathleen & Nicholas Paulson and Connor & Ciara Case and her sister Joan Bamford Evans. She is also survived by her 5 granddogs, who visited her regularly; Pete, Penny, Molly, Maggie and Riley.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, September 10, from 6-8 pm at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE (Talleyville). A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 11 at 11 am at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to, The Salvation Army of Delaware, 400 North Orange St., Wilm. DE 19801 or Faithful Friends, 12-A Germay Drive, Wilm., DE 19804.
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