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Geraldine Marie "Gerri" Gordon

September 21, 1921 May 13, 2010
Geraldine Marie "Gerri" Gordon
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Obituary for Geraldine Marie "Gerri" Gordon

Geraldine Marie �Gerri�Gordon, age 88 and a long time resident of White Lake Twp., died at her home in the care of her family on May 13, 2010. Born on September 21, 1921 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Radford) Small. After graduating from Cass Tech High School she married her sweetheart, Henry Gordon, on Valentine�s Day in 1942 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She and her mother went to beauty school together and after the war, they opened the Donna Lee Beauty Salon which they operated until 1973. Eventually Henry and Gerri moved into her parents lake house in White Lake Township on Cedar Island Lake which became the family headquarters for their children and children�s children. Always a devout Catholic woman, Gerri became �housekeeper, laundress, cook� for the priests of St. Patrick�s parish in White Lake, her role expanding to landscaping and gardener, Bingo organizer, Parish Fair volunteer, Rosary Altar Society and provisioner of Fr. Meagher�s favorite homemade pies and sloppy joes, and popcorn and jello shots for the countless fund raisers and festivals. In the words of Fr. Tom, she was �irreplaceable.� Her ministry to the parish never ended, even when illness kept her from her duties in the past couple months, she was still giving good directions on which detergent to use or which recipe. Faith and family and her parish family were the foundations of her life and upheld her as she approached her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1982, and is survived by her son, Tim (Debbie) Gordon; daughter, Janet (Bob) Bruno; grandchildren, Brenda (Rick) Norman, Robbie (Leslie) Bruno, Jeremy Bruno, Jimmy (Mary) Salaiz, Jay Paul Salaiz; great grandchildren, Ryan and Jason Norman, Annie, Joe, and Ben Bruno, T.C., Jimmy, and Christian Salaiz and many, many dear friends who join with her family in mourning her death and giving thanks to God for her life among them.


A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins, White Lake, on Monday, May 17, at 1PM with Fr. Tom Meagher officiating. Burial will follow at Oxbow Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Sunday, May 16, 3-8PM, with a Rosary at 6PM. Memorials may be made in her name to the St. Patrick�s Debt Retirement Fund. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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