Geraldine Mae Monroe
Geraldine Mae Monroe
  • August 31, 1920 - February 7, 2017
  • Michigan

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Geraldine (Gerry) Monroe of Livonia and formerly of Hartland and Milford, age 96 died Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017 at Wellspring Lutheran Services Nursing Home in Livonia.

She was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1920, the only child of Arthur and Jessie Bielefeldt. At an early age, her parents moved to Colorado Springs. Her mother died when she was 8 and her father died when she was 16, after which she lived with her grandparents. She graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gerry and Myrlo (Mike) met while he was serving in the army in Colorado during World War II. They were later married on December 5, 1942 in Topeka, Kansas. She was accepted to a program in entomology at the University of Kansas, which she attended until her marriage. After the war, Mike became a state park manager and they first lived at Island Lake Recreation Area near Brighton, Michigan, then moved to Lakeport State Park near Port Huron. Later they lived at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Milford, where they stayed until retirement. They bought a house on Maxfield Lake in Hartland, where they remained for a number of years, enjoying boating on the lake and gardening. They celebrated 43 years of marriage before Mike died in 1986. Gerry eventually moved to Livonia.

Family surviving her include a daughter, Kathleen Monroe of Livonia; and three sons, Craig (Chris) Monroe of Candia, New Hampshire; Brian Monroe of Williamston; and Alden (Mary Lois) Monroe of Pike Road, Alabama; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Gerry lived a long and fulfilling life. She loved her family dearly and spent 20 years helping to teach children of all ages as a substitute teacher and teacher aide in the Huron Valley School District. She enjoyed nature and was a longtime member of various nature groups. As a dedicated lifelong learner and reader she volunteered in many activities to support her local library. She loved her pet dogs (one after another) and they kept her active and were good companions after her husband died. Music and the arts were dear to her. She played the accordion, did numerous crafts and she loved to cook. She also was a great supporter of others who made their living as artists.

Services: Visitation will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI 48895 on February 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A service to honor the life of Gerry will follow at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions in Gerry's honor may be made to the Cromaine Library, 3688 Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353.

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston, MI.