Geraldine WOOD

Geraldine "Gerri" E. Wood

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Geraldine "Gerri" E. Wood, 80, died at 8:35 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. She was born March 17, 1933, in Springfield, Illinois, to Victor and Zenith Heckethorn Pearson. She married Roland Wood on Feb. 9, 1952, and he preceded her in death in January 1986.

Survivors include three daughters, Rhonda (Eric Runkel) Wood, Sheila Smith, and Jennifer (Craig) Johnson, all of Springfield; one son, Dennis (Jessica Greene) Wood, of Springfield; fourteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Estes, of Springfield; one brother, Don Pearson, of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, David; and two brothers and four sisters.

Gerri was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Eagles Auxiliary and DAV Women's Auxiliary. She was an avid supporter and past volunteer of Special Olympics.

She was a caregiver to special needs women for the past 28 years. She retired as Bakery Manager at Eagles Food Center.

She enjoyed fishing, gaming, and spending time with her grandchildren and many friends at the VFW. She was a diehard Fighting Illini and Cardinals fan.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Gifford officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Feb. 25, 2014