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PERRY, Geraldine “Geri”

September 17 1921 - June 2, 2018

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It is with great sadness that we announce that our mother, Mary Frances Geraldine (Geri) Perry (96) went to be with Our Lord after passing in Toronto on at 11:30 p.m., June 2, 2018 after a long and blessed life.

Geri is predeceased by her loving husband Bill (1994) and baby Robert Edward (1949) and nine brothers and sisters. Geri is survived by her daughter Bonnie (Steve Jalsevac), two sons, Bob and Alan (Lynn, 2018) and twin sisters Monica and Veronica and many nieces and nephews. Grandma Geri will be missed by her 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

During her life Geri had many good friends and opportunities to travel with her husband Bill and friend Carmel, Florida and Ireland being some of her favorite destinations. Geri met Bill at a dance in Kingston just after the World War II. Geri and Bill and the children moved to Manitoba and Saskatchewan and finally to Toronto in 1965, as Bill was transferred from one finance company location to another. They had especially fond memories of their times in Regina and Swift Current, Sask.

Geri was a long-time employee with the Macs milk corporation in Toronto and developed many friendships with fellow staff members there.

For many years, Geri was an avid Blue Jays fan and rarely missed watching their games, earlier at the Skydome with Bill and later on television, even up to the week before her death.

Up to the last two days before she died Mom had us laughing with her feisty, wry sense of humour. Near the end, she expressed amusing annoyance that, having to take the oxygen mask off and messing up her hair which was styled on a weekly basis, she had spent a lot of money on that last hairdo for nothing!

Mom received the anointing of the sick by her parish priest, Fr. Roy Farrell, early in the last week and was ready to meet the Lord. Those last four days were a long wait for her as she was fully wanting to go Home. She was heard near the end mumbling “I need Bill (her husband) now.” She said “this is my purgatory” and offered up her sufferings for many people.

She died on the First Saturday of June wearing the Brown scapular and surrounded by the prayers of many family and friends near and far. Joseph Jalsevac was with her during her last, peaceful breath that occurred just seconds after he had blessed her with Holy Water.

Early Life

Mary Francis Geraldine Leahy was born on September 17, 1921 in Iroquois Falls, Ontario. Mom spent most of her childhood in a small, picturesque village on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Life with her religious and highly respected parents Annie and Edward Leahy, and five sisters, Marie, Pat, Teresa, and twins Monica and Veronica was filled with hard work and the joys of a simple rural life. She learned to trap, hunt, raise cows and chickens, tend a large vegetable garden and pick wild berries with her family to sustain them during the depression.

While being poor, their family was rich in love of God, family and many friends. Childhood diseases took the lives of 6 older siblings and Mom suffered from polio at age 2. Her toughness of spirit came from seeing her own parents courageously facing tragedies and hardships with a great trust in God’s will. Mom remembers her father crying as he built the casket of a little son Benedict.

Every night the family prayed the rosary together after supper before dishes, often surrounding the wood stove for warmth. Mom prayed the rosary until the day that she went into the hospital a week before she died.

Married Life

Mom left her home at age 18 to work in larger northern, Ontario cities, eventually ending up in Kingston. Her older sister Pat was her mentor and Pat arranged the first blind date with our father Bill Perry, recently released from the Royal Navy after serving in World War II. They married on November 20, 1947, the same day as Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip. It was a small, post war wedding and only a few of her family could attend. She remained close friends with Carmel Troxell, her bridesmaid until Carmel passed away a few years ago.

Dad took a job with a finance company which he held for the rest of his life. Dad wanted a secure income and he and Mom had a loving relationship until his death in 1994. Their first challenge was the death of Bonnie’s twin, Robert Edward, at birth. The loss of the baby was a sorrow that remained with her all her life. Two nights before she died, she remembered, “Robert Edward, the little boy who died and hopefully I will be joining him soon.”

Ending time

For the last several years Mom lived with Bonnie and Steve and family and enjoyed participating in weddings, baptisms, birthdays and many other family events. She was sustained spiritually by weekly Mass and later by the Catholic television network EWTN which she faithfully watched. During her final few years she loved to chat with friends and family on the telephone. Special thanks to Cathy Morris, Keri Johnson, Anne Pressey and Teri Clarke, her nieces, for their joy filled chats with Mom, especially as she was declining in her last several months.

It would be greatly appreciated if friends and family would have Masses said for Mom and the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace

Visitation will take place at PAUL O’CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave.E. (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Tuesday June 5th from   7-9 p.m.  Funeral Mass on Wednesday June 6th at 12:30 p.m. in St. Lawrence the Martyr  Church.

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13 thoughts on “PERRY, Geraldine “Geri”

  1. How sorry I am to hear of Dear Aunt Geri’s passing. Aunt Geri and Uncle Bill always welcomed me with open arms while I was studying in Toronto. A home away from home. My heart felt condolences to Bonnie, Bob and Allen and to Aunt Geri’s grand children and great grand children. May you Rest In Peace Dear Aunt Geri. With love…

    —Annie Sarazin, Ottawa -
  2. Dearest Bonnie and family, I’m keeping your family and especially your Mum in my prayers. I didn’t really know her but you were an amazing witness to a child’s love which in turn is testament to her motherhood. God Bless you.

    —Chere MacLean, Scarborough -
  3. After a long and full life our dear aunt Gerry is taken from us.
    Mom will miss your many phone calls and reminiscing about life growing up in the village.
    It is almost the end of an era for us who remain.
    Go forth into your heavenly inheritance to join your dear parents and siblings in the light of the beatific vision.

    —Ron Jaworski, Oakville -
  4. Dear Geri,
    I am very sad that you have passed on but this Obituary has fulfilled many beautiful images and details of your Life. May you R.I.P. My mother, Veronica, has lived an almost identical religious life. I remember us getting down on are knees, after dinner, to recite the Rosary also. I send Love and Hugs to my cousins and their strength at this most difficult time…
    Amen

    —Brent Sarazin, Kitchener -
  5. I`am so sorry for your loss,I was very young the last time I saw Geri but I recognized her photo, the Leahy`s all look very similar.

    —Edward Morris, Surrey B.C. -
  6. She was an amazing woman. It was nice to have met her many times at Hawthorn. May she rest in peace with the Lord she loved and I pray that you and your family may have great comfort knowing that she is now interceding for you. With love and my deepest sympathy.Stella

    —Stella Rzadki, Toronto -
  7. Dear Bonnie,
    My fondest memories of your Mom were during lunch time, with her fresh cucumber in hand and ready to sit outside for a chat with a colleague when we worked together at Mac’s
    She enjoyed the comradery and settled back into the routine of the next part of her day.
    At Church I enjoyed seeing her taking her walker around the main church all ready to go. This was most likely the time she took to say her prayers for all the family. It is with sadness that I say goodbye to her, but I know that she is going to her resting place where she will see the Lord face to face.
    Farewell to a dear friend and faithful servant.
    We will keep you all in our prayers during the next few days.
    Sincerely from Teresa and Brian Dorgan and family.

    —Teresa and Brian Dorgan, Toronto -
  8. Dearest Friend(s), Thank you for letting us know! In my prayers today the thought came to me, ‘I wonder when we’ll hear of Geri’s or Marie’s passing away’. My first decade medal is St. Dymphna, so I pray for many with mental afflictions, including your Joseph and Steve’s mother. Although we cannot attend the visitation nor funeral, be assured of our presence in spirit in our daily Masses and prayers for Mom and you all. We are committed to helping Marita and children Wed. am. through Saturday. May God bless and reward you for your beautiful, loving care of your beloved mother, as only He can… and will!!

    —Mike and Jeannie Cowan, 517-2575 Roseville Garden Drive, Windsor, On., N8T 3K1 -
  9. We will continue our prayers for the repose of the soul of your dear mother. Our heartfelt condolences to you Bonnie, Steve and all the family. What a perfect ending to her long Journey – the Viaticum, your loving care and presence at her bedside, and the prayers of the Church, family and friends. May she be united with God, our Lady, all the saints,her beloved husband and all the deceased members of her family.

    —David and Marie Hogg, Scarborough -
  10. IIt was a blessing for us to have known Geri ;my mother, Anna Gerencser, enjoyed many happy moments with her at the various events in which they took part.
    Our love and prayers from all of us
    Paul and Teresa

    —Paul and Teresa Tomory, Stouffville -
  11. Condolences to the families of Late Mary Geraldine Perry, specially Bonnie,Steve Jalsevac & fly. May the Good Lord be with you all and grant strength in this time of great grief.
    May her soul Rest in Peace

    —Pinto Merwyn and Maryann, SCARBOROUGH -
  12. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary console your hearts as Geri leaves her earthly home to be born into Eternal Life. Much love and prayers always … The Sargis Family

    —Rita Marie (Boots) Sargis, Jacksonville, FL -
  13. All the Lambs prayers are with you and your family, Bonnie. It sounds like your Mom had a very full, hard working but faith filled life. She is at Eternal Peace now with Our Lord and all those who were dear to her in her long life here on earth. May God bless you all.

    —Jannie Lamb, West Lorne -