Janet Theresa Geraty

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Born April 27 1926, died peacefully at her home on June 6, 2014. Janet is preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn Anastasia Bold, brother, Jack Bold, husband, Franklin Robert Geraty, and her daughter, Regina Grandsaert. She is survived by her children: Frank and Patty; John and Joy; Joe and Lori; Mimi Ahern and Mike; Mark and Monica, and Jack Grandsaert. Janet was blessed by 14 grandchildren: John, Katie, Patrick, Becky, Frank, Steve, Kelly, Aidan, Garrett, Malone, Jackie, Sam, Joe, and last, but certainly not least, Gabe. She was also very proud of her 8 great grandchildren (we'll count the one on the way…) Janet is also survived by her three cousins of the proud San Francisco Keohane family: The Most Reverend Francis T. Hurley, Archbishop of Anchorage, AK (ret), Maureen Guithues, and Don Keohane. Janet also leaves behind many dear friends, including members of the "Side Kicks" dance troupe, her book club, old and new neighbors, her companions taking in shows downtown, or just get togethers for lunch at Tia Margarita's.
Janet was born in San Francisco, but often spoke fondly of her early years living in New York City, and Los Angeles, where she attended Immaculate Heart High School, and UCLA. Janet was a lifelong learner, insatiably perusing her interests by activities such as attending the Fromm Institute at USF, reading her favorite Jesuit philosopher, Teilhard de Chardin, among others, or studying the Japanese language and culture. Physical health and activity were important to her, as residents living on Fulton Street in San Francisco can attest, as they witnessed her daily pilgrimages up Fulton Street to attend mass at Saint Ignatius Church - in high-heels, of course. She was an unselfish volunteer for many organizations, including San Francisco's Project Read, where she received an award from then Mayor Willie Brown for her outstanding contributions, and the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Janet was a strong supporter of the Right to Life Movement, as she attended rallies, and offered heart-felt prayers for mothers, and children. The thing she said that she was most grateful for was her faith, which was her unrelenting and dependable guide throughout her eighty-eight years. She will be best remembered by her children, grandchildren, and maybe even great-grandchildren, for the example she gave us, her subtle, and even not so subtle life-lessons, her humor, and her grace. Not sure how we got so lucky, but for her we will be forever grateful – thanks Mom.
Special thanks to Mary and Maureen from Pathways Hospice, and particularly to Azieb, who provided constant and timely support to Janet and her family during the last six months. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Janet's name to Priests for Life, at www.priestsforlife.org
A rosary service for Janet will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 12 at McAvoy O'Hara, Geary Blvd at Tenth Ave in S. F.. Janet's Funeral Mass will be at Saint Ignatius Church at 10 AM on Friday, June 13, the Feast of Saint Anthony, Parker Ave at Fulton in San Francisco.
Funeral Home
McAvoy O'Hara
4545 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-0077
Funeral Home Details
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 10 to June 12, 2014
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