In memory of
Geraldine M. "Geri" Gerhard
Gerhard, Geraldine M. "Geri" Mattawan Geraldine passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the age of 78 after a long battle with emphysema. She was born on January 11, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI a daughter of Jerry and Evelyn (Lyke) Smith. On January 28, 1961 Geri married David Gerhard at the Long Beach Naval Base, returning to Kalamazoo in 1966. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. She attended the New Apostolic Church in Portage, where she was a charter member. Geri enjoyed many church activities including Vacation Bible School, flower arranging and singing in the choir. Geri was preceded in death by her parents; a brother. Jerry Dale Smith; and a sister, Laura Weber. Geri is survived by her loving husband, David; three children, Brenda & Doug Chaffee of Osceola, IN, David & Barbara Gerhard of Portage and Daniel & Carrie Gerhard of Kalamazoo; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Jackie Raab, Richard & Helen Smith, Janet & Ken Cook, Joan & Dave Temple, Jean & Jim Singleton, Robert Smith and Tim Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2-4PM & 6-8PM on Friday, October 21st at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street. Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, October 22nd at the New Apostolic Church, 3600 W. Milham Avenue, with Pastor Peter Cook officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, South. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association or the New Apostolic Church Vacation Bible School. Please visit Geri's personalized web page for full obituary, directions, online guest book or to leave a condolence. www.langelands.com
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