Lucille Catherine Gerrity
February 11, 1929 – February 20, 2018
Lucille Gerrity DEKALB, ILLINOIS Lucille Gerrity, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and niece, peacefully passed on to eternal life on February 20, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Lucille resided in the Ft. Worth area from 1977 until 2012. MEMORIAL SERVICE: A celebration of Lucille’s wonderful life will take place at 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 3, at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2100 N Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 at the Moore Bowen Road Funeral Chapel, 4216 S Bowen Rd, Arlington, Texas. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or Barb City Manor in Dekalb Illinois Lucille Prokop was born in Detroit Michigan on February 11, 1929 to Anna (Apfel) and Frank Prokop. She and her siblings, Mary Ann, Shirley, Frank and Larry, grew up with a large extended family and there were plenty of shenanigans, especially at the family cottage at Otsego Lake where they loved to water ski. After graduating from Dominican High School she took a job at a bank. In the winter of 1951, she met the love of her life Joe Gerrity at a skating rink and they married 6 months later on August 18. The proud parents of 10 children, Lucille and Joe moved several times to accommodate Joe’s actuarial career changes feeling at home both in Texas and the Midwest. Over the years, their family expanded to include 27 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and she loved each and every one of them dearly. Lucille was a devout Catholic throughout her life and her strong faith was a defining characteristic which helped her navigate through the challenges of raising a large family. She also volunteered in her community in various roles such as Girl Scout Leader, Gift Shop Clerk at a hospital and Meals on Wheel delivery person. Lucille was an accomplished seamstress and spent decades singing at the sewing machine while creating outfits for the family which included swim suits, blazers and winter coats. She especially enjoyed making matching square dance costumes for herself and Joe so they could “Swing Your Partner” in style. Lucille and Joe also loved to play cards and belonged to several bridge clubs over the years. Swimming was her favorite recreational activity and the family enjoyed many outings at lakes, often while camping. Lucille spent the last years of her life living at Barb City Manor in DeKalb, Illinois and made many friends. Her infectious smile and good humor was enjoyed by all. She liked to say the rosary on a daily basis. Lucille was preceded in death by her loving husband Joe twenty-six years ago, her sister Mary Ann, her brother Larry and three grandchildren Pat, Katya and Olivia. Her family is convinced that Joe and Lucille are together now and square dancing in heaven. SURVIVORS: Lou will be missed by 10 children: Joe Gerrity, Mike Gerrity (Sandy McCarthy), Dan Gerrity, Maureen Gerrity, Sharon Barger, Karen Gerrity (Orrin Snyder), Pat (Marcia) Gerrity, Peg Gerrity (Joe Haberer), Tom (Rhonda) Gerrity and Ann Gerrity; as well as 27 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a sister, brother, aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews.
- Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
- Rosary Service Friday, March 2, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, March 3, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, March 3, 2018
Lucille Catherine Gerrity
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March 1, 2018
Lucille you will be sadly missed but your amazing story will live on with the many people whose lives you have touched. Your wonderful family have been taught what it means to support, encourage and uplift one another. This is due to your gifted parenting skills.
The tendrils of your love have reached so many. This love I came to understand many years ago, as a young man who had just lost his mum. Lucille, my big sister, stepped in to lead me gently and with understanding on my journey to adulthood.
I will be ever thankful that you have left me with so many precious memories.
February 28, 2018
I remember the family reunion at your house in Milwaukee. How she lovingly made Christmas stockings for each of us there 10 in your family and about 12 or more in mine plus others. I was struck by the way she sewed all of your clothes, she was very talented that way. I remember various other visits with her over the years most memorable was she and Aunt Shirley accompanying all of us in the passing our mom. She was so kind and thoughtful during those times. When I visited with her most recently at Barb City I always left smiling as we would laugh quite a bit. She will be missed. Love and Blessings to you all!
February 25, 2018
So sorry to hear about the loss of you mother. While it is hard for those left behind to accept, know that she in loving presenceof our Lord. My heart and prayers are with you and I know that the people who love you and are already in heaven (jncluding Margie) will take good care of her until you see her again in paradise. Your friend always and brother in Christ ,,,,,,,, Lou
February 23, 2018
Dear Peg and family,
Gary and I are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother, Lou. I know how much you loved her and treasured her. You were a wonderful daughter to her. I can feel your loss. We will keep your mom and you and your family in our prayers. Love, Carmel and Gary Ellison