1919 Geraldine 2014

Geraldine McCormack

February 4, 1919 — February 3, 2014

Geraldine H. "Geri" McCormack, 94, of Peoria passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014, at 2:55 AM at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.

Geri was born on February 4, 1919, in Peoria, IL to Nathan and Augusta Marie (Zeisler) Troth. She married D. L. "Mac" McCormack on July 11, 1941 in Peoria. He passed away on July 23, 2006.

Surviving is her son, Thomas (Evelyn) McCormack of East Peoria; her daughter, Kathleen (James) Miller of Edelstein; two grandsons, Daniel Miller of Denver, Colorado and Gregory Miller of Key West, Florida; one sister Marie Anna Poland of Decatur and sister-in-law Mary Lou Troth of Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant granddaughter, and her brother, Frank Troth.

Geri graduated from Peoria Central High School in 1938, and she began her work career at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in the Parts Dept. Later she worked as the church secretary at Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church for several decades where she also served as the director of their Sunday school. Then, upon retiring from the church, Geri worked fifteen years at Proctor Hospital Daycare, until she retired once again to provide care for her mother, who lived to the age of 109, and her husband up until their deaths.

Throughout her life, Geri maintained a social and active lifestyle. She played softball on Caterpillar's Dieselettes team and won the "C" Flight in a Peoria Women's Golf Tournament. She was also a member of Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church/United Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed participating in church groups including YOPS and BUNCO. Some of her favorite pass-times were working in her yard and planting flowers in the springtime, going to estate sales, shopping for shoes, and avidly cheering for the Chicago Cubs, as she was a diehard fan.

Of all of her activities and interests, though, Geri most enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her family was everything to her, and she was always there when care was needed. She greatly valued family gatherings, including picnics on Grandview Drive, Fourth of July fireworks, Easter egg coloring, and other holiday celebrations which always brought her great joy. Geri also relished spending time with her friends. She enjoyed her pinochle club with the girls, and she always knew everyone on the block where she lived, loving how her neighbors would make her feel like a part of their families.

Geri will be remembered by family and friends for her delicious homemade Angel Food Cakes, and the way she graciously accepted the challenges of being hearing impaired. Mostly, though, she will be remembered for the way she embraced life, enthusiastically sharing it with the people she loved most, and always being grateful for all of God's blessings in her life.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 10:30 AM at United Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Visitation will be Friday, February 7, 2014 from 4 to 6:30 PM at Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home. An additional visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to the service at the Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials can be made to the United Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Apostolic Christian Skylines.


FEB 7. 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CST)

Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home
428 W. McClure Ave
Peoria, IL 61604


FEB 8. 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)

United Presbyterian Church
2400 W Northmoor Rd
Peoria, IL

Funeral Ceremony

FEB 8. 10:30 AM (CST)

United Presbyterian Church
2400 W Northmoor Rd
Peoria, IL


FEB 8. 12:00 PM

Springdale Cemetery

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