Doris J. Geraghty

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Doris J. Geraghty Nov. 23, 1931 - May 5, 2014 CASSOPOLIS - Doris Jean Rockwell Geraghty, 82, of Cassopolis, MI, entered eternal life on Monday, May 5, 2014, surrounded by her family in her home on Little Fish Lake. She died of natural causes after a lengthy illness. Doris was born on November 23, 1931, in South Bend, IN, to Harry (Ray) Rockwell and Bernice (Klopfenstein) Rockwell, who preceded her in death. On May 29, 1954, at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend, she wed Richard E.Geraghty, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Norma May Moore, and her son-in-law, Michael Hagerty. Doris is survived by her children, Deborah Geraghty (Bill Augustynski) of Dudley, MA, Diane Bowers (Chuck), Osceola, IN, Denise Hagerty, Granger, IN, Richard Geraghty (Georganna), Elkhart, IN, and Darren Geraghty (Kelly), Comstock Park, MI. She was the proud grandmother of her surviving grandchildren, William & David Farrar, Kristopher, Casilynn, Charles & Jeremy Augustynski, John & Eric (Katie) Bowers, Dianna (Patrick) Leinen & Dawn Hagerty, Richard Geraghty, Nick & Alex (Amanda) Reihl, Katelyn, Emily, Alyssa & Delaney Geraghty; and great-grandchildren, Haley Bowers & Brandon Tochman, Gabriel Leinen and Peyton Reihl. She was a graduate of the class of 1950 of James Whitcomb Riley High School, South Bend. In her early adult years Doris was a professional singer. She also worked for many years as office manager, receptionist and bookkeeper in the offices of Dr. Max Feldman and Dr. George Green. She worked in the cashier's office at the University of Notre Dame. Mostly she was a devoted mother and homemaker. Doris was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Marcellus, MI, and St. Matthew's Cathedral, South Bend, and the Riley Lunch Bunch. Her hobbies & interests included a love of nature. She loved fishing on the lakes with her father as a youngster and then teaching her children to fish it had to be a cane pole! She was a very talented singer, musician and actress. Notably a favorite prot‚g‚ of James Lewis Cassiday, and a member of the former Presbyterian Players, she starred and participated in too many local productions to name. She took part in a number of choirs and for many years was soloist and cantor at St. Matthew's Cathedral and St. Margaret Mary's churches, sharing her voice singing for the many diocesan liturgical events, and weddings and funerals of parishioners celebrating those life milestones. While her husband Dick was in charge of the sports department, Doris made sure her children were well-rounded, introducing and keeping a steady presence of literature and the fine arts of every kind in her home, seeing to it that her children had music lessons with of a variety of instruments, participated in drama productions and choirs and developed an appreciation of music of every kind. She was an enthusiastic birder and never failed to keep her back yard feathered friends fed in every season. She loved identifying the birds outside her windows and teaching her grandchildren what was special about each one! Doris loved to read the classics and couldn't put a book down once she opened the cover! She was a woman who loved fashion and had great style. Doris could tell you the names of all the old Hollywood stars and give a list of each of their productions. She might as well have been a walking marketing agent for Turner Classic Movies as she loved watching, but mostly it was the nostalgia and memories she loved of times gone by that came with enjoying those old films. Doris loved the beauty of the nature surrounding the beloved lake home she and her husband built for their family to enjoy. Their home, where she took her last breath surrounded by her family, was one filled with a loving family who always respected each other and was a welcoming place to all of their many friends. Mostly, Doris loved being a wife and mother and grandmother. She participated lovingly in every aspect of her families life until the very end, and we have no doubt that she will continue to participate as our greatest intercessor in Heaven. She loved her Catholic faith and felt a special closeness to Our Blessed Mother. Thanks be to God for The Communion of Saints, as this means she will be connected to her family and friends always. Viewing and meeting with the family will take place today, May 9, from 2:00 4:00PM and 6:00 8:00PM (with a parish Rosary at 6:30PM), at Bubb Funeral Home, Mishawaka. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 10, at 1:00PM at St. Matthew's Cathedral, South Bend. Interment at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend. The family requests Masses for the repose of Doris' soul. Memorial contributions may be made in Doris' memory to The South Bend Civic Theatre, 403 N Main St., South Bend, IN 46601; or to Buchanan Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlin Road, Buchanan, MI 49107.

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Bubb Funeral Chapel
3910 N. Main Mishawaka, IN 46545
574 255-3126
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Published in South Bend Tribune from May 8 to May 9, 2014
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