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Gertrude Mary (Franke) Devanny

Gertrude Mary Franke Devanny, beloved mother, grandmother, teacher lived until November 5th , 2012 and has gone to be with her Lord and Savior . She was 82 and a half years young. She is survived by her dear brother Al Franke and his wife Lucille; her five children: Donald E. Devanny Jr., Kathryn L. Devanny, John S. Devanny, Dr. Laura H. Devanny Klaeren and her husband Steve, and Mary Beth Devanny Adams and her husband Bill; her 16 grandchildren: Christopher, Jamie, April, Julie, Laura, Rebekah, Trudy, Jillian by heart, Rachel, George, Daniel, Mary, Bill Jr., Scott, Jake, Jeff; and nine great grandchildren: Evan, Megan, Nicholas, Anthony, Michael, Autumn, Jose, Schuyler, and Mason.
Born February 6th, 1930 in Newark NJ to Helen Schild and Oscar Franke, she grew up in Woodbridge Township, NJ. She won a four year academic scholarship to the New Jersey State Teachers College (Douglass College) of Rutgers University and became certified to teach high school Math, English and German. On July 6th 1951, she married Donald E. Devanny, and was his loving wife for 52 years until his passing .She later earned a Masters degree as a reading specialist, and became certified in ESOL. She taught in the US, Brazil and Spain.
She has been a rock of support to her children through the challenges of life and her kind, supportive, forgiving and hard working ways remain an on-going example to us all. She was a lifelong learner, loved to read and help others learn. While some people wonder their whole lives if they have made a difference - Mom never had to wonder as her students and children told her. Loving, optimistic, diligent, always encouraging, she will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov 10th, 2012 at 2pm. Mom believed life was for living and would want no one to miss a child's game or an adventure with their spouse to attend this service. In lieu of flowers, Mom's favorite charities were Faith in Action, Literacy for Life and the Salvation Army.

Published in Virginia Gazette from Nov. 6 to Dec. 5, 2012
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