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Geraldine Cecelia (Diedrich) Thomas, 87, of DeWitt, Iowa, passed away peacefully at the Kahl Home in Davenport, on January 4th, 2018.
Gerry was born October 7th, 1930, in Clinton to George and Rose (Rickerl) Diedrich. She grew up in the Goose Lake area and graduated Charlotte High School. Her first job was at Mercy Hospital in Clinton. In December of 1950 Gerry married Kenneth B. Thomas. During their marriage, the couple lived in Bettendorf, Welton and DeWitt. Ken preceded Gerry in death. In addition to raising five children, she sold Avon and worked at DeWitt Bowling Lanes and also at DeWitt Cleaners.
Gerry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt. She enjoyed sewing, camping and square and ball room dancing. Later in life, she traveled with Erwin Witt and moved to Yuma, Arizona, where they lived for over twenty years before returning to Iowa at the end of 2013.
Surviving are children children, Mary Kay Hackney, Kenneth John Thomas, Jeanne Marie Eble, Teresa Ann Miller and Catherine Anne Harl; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald, Clarence and Richard and sisters, Marilyn Stevenson, Evelyn Fuegan and Ellen Maxwell; numerous other relatives.
A Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church with interment in the church cemetery are being planned for in the Spring.
The family would like to give special thanks to the caring staff at the Kahl Home and Genesis Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.
Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt is caring for the arrangements.
Published on January 11, 2018
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