Geraldine M. Clucas
1925 - 2021
BORN
April 15, 1925
DIED
June 1, 2021
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Butala Funeral Home & Crematory - Sycamore
1405 Dekalb Ave
Sycamore, IL 60178
Geraldine M. Clucas
Born: April 15, 1925 in Chicago, IL
Died: June 1, 2021 in Joliet, IL
Geraldine M. (Gerry) Clucas, 96, of Genoa died Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet, IL.
She was born on April 15, 1925 in Chicago to Stanley Ray and Myrtle (Rasmussen) Rakowski. She was married to Kenneth C. Clucas.
Gerry was a teacher for the Genoa School District for 35 years. She loved her career and the many children she taught. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, reading and learning- her favorite subjects were birds and history.
Gerry was a collector of hand painted plates, crystal, carnival glass, Santa's and Hummels.
Survivors include her sons, Kenneth "Rob" (Cathy) Clucas and John S. (Marie) Clucas; three grandchildren, John K. Clucas, Justin M. Clucas and Kelly E. (Daniel) Frantz; two sisters, Marjorie (Al) Anderson and Myrtle Storm; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by parents; her husband in 2016; and brothers, James W. Rakowski and George C. Rakowski.
Her visitation will be on Friday, June 4th from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.
A graveside service and burial will be on Saturday, June 5th at 12:30 PM at the Genoa Cemetery with Rev. William J. Gauger officiating.
Memorials for Gerry can be made to the Joliet Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178.
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Published by The MidWeek News from Jun. 2 to Jun. 3, 2021.
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My condolences to Gerry's family. And my thanks for all her years of support for Oaken Acres Wildlife Center. May you rest in peace.
Kathy Stelford
Acquaintance
June 20, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful person she was. She was my favorite teacher and have heard so many others say the same. Kind, funny, loving, strict, intelligent and genuine-just the epitome of the word "Teacher". As a 5th grader she introduced me to Where the Red Fern Grows and My Side of the Mountain. It started a love affair with books that never stopped. I've thought of her often over the years and was so thankful to have had her influence my life in such a wonderful way. Everyone needs a teacher like her in their life. I hope knowing what a difference she made in people's lives carries you through these sad days.
Betty Sullivan
Student
June 12, 2021
John, and family, your mom was my favorite all time teacher I remember the Mrs. Piggly wiggly stories she read in class. Her smile filled the world with kindness. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mary Fraedrich
Student
June 6, 2021
Gerry was a wonderful person and a great teacher. She truly had a gift in how to relate to her students. May she rest in peace.
Phil JAMES
Student
June 4, 2021
Gerry was a wonderful lady and outstanding teacher. When Tina began work at G-K Gerry was on the school board and was very welcoming. So sorry for your loss.
Kathy (Karl) & Tina Weaver
Friend
June 4, 2021
Our sons were both very fortunate to have Gerry in 5th grade at Kingston School. She was everyone´s favorite teacher! She expected every student to do their best, and she was strict with her class rules........but, she could also tease, and had a great sense of humor. I loved teaching with her..... she was never critical of the younger teachers, but shared her opinions and her years of experience by saying, "Hey, kiddo, have you ever tried this?" She was so much fun to be around, and will be greatly missed. Our family has been blessed to have known this truly beautiful lady! May she Rest In Peace.
Sharon & Jim Modglin
Friend
June 3, 2021
Gerry was a classy lady, beloved teacher and loved by all. Rest in peace Gerry - you impacted many lives.
Carol & Frank Engel
June 3, 2021
Carol & Frank Engel
June 3, 2021
I am saddened to hear of Gerry´s passing. My heartfelt sympathy to you, Rob, John, and family. She was such a sweet lady, a church friend, and a wonderful teacher. God be with all of you.
Julie Stoffregen
June 3, 2021
Very sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and the best teacher I knew. She was a great help to me as a new teacher and so much fun to be with. When she started laughing you couldn’t help but laugh with her. She was a real treasure and helped many children to become successful adults.
Jo Ann Bergren (Jacobson)
Friend
June 3, 2021
Rob and John, my deepest sympathy to you and your families. My mom worked as her housekeeper+ for many years starting in the mid-60's. Rob and John became like brothers to me. She always sent cards and letters and even came to my wedding here in MN 30+ years ago. If I was back in Genoa I'd always drive down Stiles St. to see if her and Ken were home. Many wonderful memories of my Kindergarten & 5th grade teacher and all the years since. Last year I sent her a picture (circa 1964) of her reading to our Kindergarten class. She set a high bar for all teachers, as a teacher myself I can only hope to have a fraction of the influence she had on her students. She was beloved and will be missed. One of my favorite people ever.
Mike Knudson
Teacher
June 2, 2021
I never had Mrs. Clucas as a teacher, but I feel like I did, because she had such a presence. Kind and sunny is how I remember her. It makes me said that a heart like hers is no longer in the world. Rob and John, I hope your memories will bring you comfort. Sending prayers of peace.
Holly McNeill (Link)
June 2, 2021
Dear Rob, John and family,
I was saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I have many fond memories of her growing up in Genoa from Trinity Lutheran Church and then at Bob's Royal Blue. She always had a ready smile and was so personable. May God grant you peace, strength, and comfort as you mourn her passing. She made an impact on so many students throughout her career. So sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Janet Pahnke Boblett
Janet Pahnke Boblett
Friend
June 2, 2021