BELLVILLE: Receiving salvation and strength from her Lord, Geraldine Idella "Gerri" Leedy was confident even during moments of distress. Recognizing that He was her light and His promises true, Gerri stood firm on God's word. "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?" (Psalm 27:1)
On Tuesday evening, March 22, 2016, Gerri Leedy went to be with her Lord, from Country Court Nursing Home in Mount Vernon. She was 94.
The daughter of Ralph and Myrtie (Spayde) Clever, Gerri was born January 26, 1922 in Lexington. Crowned the first ever Bellville High School homecoming queen, Gerri was graduated from Bellville High School in 1940.
She began dating Leonard Eugene "Gene" Leedy just prior to WWII and the two continued writing one another during the war. Shortly after his honorable discharge, Gerri and Gene were married on January 11, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio by the Rev. Joseph O'Morrow.
As a young lady, Gerri worked for Hursh Drug in Bellville and later worked as a cook for Clear Fork High School.
Faithful in worship, Gerri was a very active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was a member of the ladies study group, Martha Circle, volunteered for fellowship days, and, while her children were younger, helped with VBS. Over the years, Gerri lovingly made hundreds of Cheer Baskets, made from Christmas Cards and filled with fruit. These baskets were given to shut-ins during the Christmas season. Gerri also enjoyed crocheting.
Ever present in the lives of her grandchildren, Gerri supported and cheered for her grandkids. Preparing food for holiday parties, attending sporting events, school functions, and dance recitals, Gerri never missed a chance to praise her grandchildren.
An excellent cook, family favorites include her delicious hamloaf, apple pie, dinner rolls made from scratch and famous baked apples.
She enjoyed reading, especially inspirational stories.
A woman who exemplified the fruits of the spirit, she will be remembered as a gentle spirit, who was full of compassion, expressing loving kindness.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Steve & Laurie Leedy of Bellville, a daughter and son-in-law Becky & Al Szymanski of Valley City; grandchildren Lane Leedy of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Allyson Leedy of Lexington, Ryan & Emily Leedy of Bellville, Lauren Szymanski & Doug Sheldon of Chicago, Philip Szymanski of Mission Viejo, California and Bethany Szymanski of Valley City; sister-in-law Marian & Clyde Bowman of Bellville; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband Gene Leedy on November 23, 2012; siblings Robert and Howard Clever and Virginia Hull.
The Leedy family will receive friends Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville, with Pastor Doug Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery, Ankenytown.
Contributions in her memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Butler Nutrition Program, or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home. To best honor Gerri's life, a gentle act of kindness or encouraging word would best continue her loving spirit.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Leedy family, and private online condolences to them may be made online atwww.snyderfuneralhomes.com.