Geraldine Benthey Clader

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Geraldine Benthey Clader Obituary
Geraldine Benthey Clader, 99, died peacefully at the Presbyterian Home in Evanston on Sept. 14. Geraldine was married to Carl W. Clader, Jr. for 64 years. She was the daughter of Frederick and Charlotte Benthey, born on May 12, 1913 in Chicago. She grew up in Glen Ellyn and graduated from Glenbard High School. She attended Northwestern University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Honor degree in 1935 and a Masters of Arts in 1938. She was a member of Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa and Gamma Phi Beta sorority where she served as president and later alumnae advisor. She joined the faculty of New Trier High School in 1935 as a teacher of English and an advisor. She was a member of the faculty for 27 years. Geraldine was an enthusiastic proponent of New Trier's advisor system. She was a resident of Winnetka for 50 years. She was active in the Greeley PTA, the Girl Scouts and the Village Caucus. She was a member of the Winnetka Public Schools Board of Education from 1957 to 1966 and was the board's first female president. She was the recipient of the Simpson Award for community service in 1965 and she shared the honor of being named Teacher of the Year in 1977 with her husband, Carl Clader, who was also a New Trier teacher. She was a long time member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Evanston. She served in various guilds, taught Sunday school, served as president of the Episcopal Church women and served on the church vestry. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Lee Clader (Mrs. Nick Ristad) of Vallejo, CA and Jennifer Clader Lohmeyer (Mrs. Dan) of Dayton OH; and two grandchildren Kate Lohmeyer Gallo of Dayton, OH and Stephen Clader Lohmeyer of Scottsdale, AZ A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Evanston. Family will receive guests at Westminster Place, the Presbyterian Home 3200 Grant St., Evanston immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions sent to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 2120 Lincoln Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201. For info: 847-251-8200.

Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 28, 2012
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