Geraldine A. Gavin

  • Born: October 7, 1930
  • Died: November 14, 2016
  • Location: New Bremen, Ohio

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home

225 W. Monroe Street
New Bremen, OH 45869

Tel. (419) 629-2147

Tribute & Message From The Family

GERALDINE A. GAVIN, age 86, of New Bremen, died at her residence near New Bremen. She was born on October 7, 1930, in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. On September 7, 1950, she married John H. Gavin, Jr., and he survives. Also surviving is a son John (Sue) Gavin, III, of Marion, Indiana, four grandchildren, and a sister Jackie. Along with her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by three sisters.

Geraldine had formerly worked for Douglas Aircraft as an interior designer, helping to design the interiors of the DC9 and the DC10 aircraft. While living in Lancaster, PA, she had taken up painting, and had worked with two different studios, selling her art. In her later years, she was a homemaker and took up gardening. Flowers were a passion for her, and she was always very proud of her many flower beds.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, with Deacon Greg Bornhorst officiating.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear of Geri's passing. I spent quite a few fishing trips with Geri and John in Canada and around central Pennsylvania. She would always out fish John and I, then rub it in as she asked you if you wanted a snack!
Her flower gardens were always so gorgeous too.
What I remember most was her love of her family, stories of her father, and of her grandchildren. Every year at Christmas we exchanged letters, I always looked forward to reading stories about John, the grandkids, and the Packers. Last year she had sent me marigold seeds, they were a special addition this past summer in my garden, reminding me of her love of flowers. I'm so glad to have had both John and Geri in my life, they are both very special people. I'm sure heaven's gardens are a little more colorful with her there.
God Bless, Grant & Leann

Posted by Grant Adams - Enola, PA - Family Friend   January 03, 2017

My deepest syompathy to John and the entire family. She was quite the woman! She was known for her baking and cooking among the neighbors, along with her green thumb with planting vegetables and mums around the yard. She was an amazing cook and baker. I always called her "Betty" for Betty Crocker, and she called me "Sally". A couple of years ago I asked her why she called me Sally, and she laughed and sheepishly said "because I can never remember your name". She could tell a story and crack up laughing until she was almost in tears. She will be missed and we will never forget her. Helene Eilerman

Posted by Helene Eilerman - New Bremen, OH - Neighbor   November 17, 2016


Trips to Canada, sleepovers, fried chicken, french fries, candy jars on the counter always full, Gin Rummy...memories that made my childhood and that will never be forgotten no matter how much time goes by.

Posted by Sharon McKay - Johnson, NY - Family   November 17, 2016


Blessings to all and may your grieving in time turn to treasured memories. I will cherish my memories of fun times spent with Auntie Geri fishing with me and showing me that a woman could have many strengths and they need not be in conflict with each other.

Posted by Mary Coello - Yachats, OR - Family   November 17, 2016

Our sincere prayers go out to John and family. Geri gave me a gallon of marigold seeds last year and I planted them randomly in my yard this past spring. I'm saving the seeds to plant them again next year in her memory. She and I both have a passion for flowers. God bless you Geri.

Posted by Belinda Hudson - Neighbor   November 15, 2016