August 13, 1922 – April 20, 2019
Geraldine LaGrua Kennedy passed away Saturday April 20th 2019 at Basset Hospital of Cooperstown. Geraldine was born August 13, 1922 in Brooklyn New York the daughter of the late Fred and Elvira (Santangelo) LaGrua. Gerry met the love of her life Howard Carvil Kennedy in Brooklyn while still in high school. They married on November 1, 1942. Together they traveled through life with a shared love of family, friends and new adventures. Howard predeceased her on October 25, 1998. Moving to Long Island while raising her three children, Geraldine was active in politics, as a republican committee women, president of little league and serving as an election commissioner. She returned to work as a Systems Analyst first with a Physicians group, then working with Eastern Sates Bankcard Association. In charge of the newly burgeoning credit card call system. Gerry continued her career moving to Connecticut first as systems analyst then Vice President of Society for Savings in Hartford. Retiring to Florida, Gerry was able to indulge her passion for travel visiting all 50 states, Europe, South American, the Caribbean and her beloved Sicily. Whether traveling with her husband, her daughters or alone she engaged with everyone. After the death of her husband, Gerry began to volunteer at Orlando Regional Center in the emergency department and at Arnold Palmer children hospital in the NICU. She renewed her political interests and campaigned vigorously for President Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Central to her life were her children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom to her children, nana to her grandchildren and Nana GiGi to her great grandchildren she was their strongest advocate. Making sure we were all dressed well, well fed and well versed in the politics of the day. Strong, passionate and loving are words that defined her. Geraldine is survived by her three children, George Robert (Debra) Kennedy, Orlando, FL, Patricia Ellen Kennedy (Jack Schluep), Oneonta and Geraldine Geisler, Oneonta; eight grandchildren, John David (Christina) Kennedy, Orlando, FL, Daniel Howard Kennedy, Orlando, FL, Rae Marie (Craig) Martin, Wellington, FL, Taylor (Meredith) Schluep, Oneonta, Christopher (Ahn) Schluep, Seattle, WA, John Paul (Farnaz) Schluep, Larchmont, Richard (Sarah) Geisler, Rochester and Amanda Geisler, St. Louis, MO; nine great grandchildren, Jack, Harrison, Ella June, Kian, William, Nicholas, Phoebe, Lydia and Millie George; one sister, Genevieve (Jack) Wyman, Schellsburg, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Rosalie, Theresa, Anna and Frances and two brothers, Robert and Thomas. Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta with the Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons. Memorial donations may be made to Springbrook, 105 Campus Drive, Oneonta, New York 13820 in loving memory of Geraldine LaGrua Kennedy Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grummonsfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
- Calling Hours Friday, April 26, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, April 27, 2019
April 28, 2019
Patricia, Geraldine, and George,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your Families on the passing of Aunt Gerry. Carol Lee called us tonight to let us know. It has been many years since we saw Aunt Gerry but always enjoyed getting her Christmas cards and her notes on where she had traveled to the previous year. We know how hard this time is for you but your Faith will help you through this time. Your Parents will always be with you and will be watching over you. Always keep your memories of your Parents close. We know that this really helps. We are so sorry for your loss.
Bob & RoseAnna
April 24, 2019
Dear Patricia and family, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Geraldine. My mother was from Brooklyn too. She was funny, sarcastic and loved us all with an unconditional endless love! There is nothing like a mother from Brooklyn -strong, passionate and loving ( as your Mom was described). I wish you time to heal the pain, and many good memories to get you through the emotional challenges. Our sincere condolences.
Roberta and Tom Hohensee