BARTONVILLE, Ill. – Geraldine J. “Gerry” Heuermann, 79, of Bartonville, passed away at 2:59 p.m. on December 19, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Room.
Gerry was born on May 10, 1933 in Peoria to Paul and Helen (Marlow) Spainhower. She married Kenneth John Heuermann on February 27, 1954 at St. John Catholic Church in Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2009.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Alexander Venzon; one sister, Pat Mahrt; three brother-in-laws, Don Mahrt, Bob Gants, and George Coyle; sister-in law, Doris Gants; nephews Dr. Steve Noel and Art Heuermann; and niece, Karen Gants.
Gerry loved her family dearly. Survivors include her four sons, Joe (Linda) of Peoria, Kenny (Laurie) of Clinton, Ill., Jim (Paula) of Wyoming, Ill., and Tim (Beth) of Washington, Ill.; four daughters, Mary (John) Venzon of West Peoria, Patty (Harold) Witzig of Carman, Ill., Julie (Scott) Leach of Peoria, and Janey (Jim) Scott of Mapleton; over forty grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-grandchildren; her twin sister, Mary (Lee) Noel and sisters, Shirley Coyle, Nancy (Tom) Maushard, and Peggy (Vance) Belliston; brother, Paul (Marilyn) Spainhower; brother-in-law, Art (Dixie) Heuermann; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many dear friends and special little ones who always wanted a Grandma Gerry. They will all miss her stewed tomatoes, jelly and applesauce.
A special thanks to Dr. Rodenberg and his wonderful staff for the many years of special care.
She attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Academy of Our Lady in 1951. She was a homemaker and also retired from Limestone High School after being a cook for many years. She was so honored for once being named Support Staff Member of the Year.
Gerry will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her grandchildren were so precious to her. She was a caregiver to many people and always helping those in need. Mom was our rock. She made each of us feel so loved and special in our own way. She loved to go fishing and spending time with family and friends at the cabin on the Mississippi River in Carman. She will be remembered for her unconditional love, Texas cake, zucchini bread, and homemade vegetable soup. Always remember “I love you to the moon and back.”
She was a founding member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bartonville. St. Anthony’s was an important part of her life. She had a strong faith and believed in the power of prayer. Gerry was the co-chair for many years of the Annual Tony’s Garage Sale.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Celebrant will be the Rev. David Heinz. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Further visitation will be held 30 minutes before the Mass on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church or to the Friends of the Bartonville Volunteer Fire Department.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.