MARQUETTE, Mich. – Geraldine J. Funk, 85, of Marquette, died Monday, August 26 at Marquette General Hospital.
Gerry was born July 2, 1928 in Stambaugh, Mich., to the late August J. and Elfie M. (Helge) Peterson. She grew up in Stambaugh and moved to the Los Angeles area during World War II. She returned to Stambaugh with her parents following the war, and graduated from Stambaugh High School. She went on to graduate from Northern Michigan College in 1950 with a B.S. Degree in Music, teaching shortly thereafter in Lena, Wis., where she taught music and physical education, as well as being the band director.
Gerry married Robert G. Funk on December 23, 1950 in Iron River, Mich. Gerry and Bob moved to Oshkosh, WI. where together they raised four children: Mark, Bruce, Brian and Karen Funk.
Music played a major role in her life. Gerry played an active role in her church life, devoting her time to the music programs, including time as choir director at Wesley Methodist Church in Oshkosh. She was a State Officer in Wisconsin and Michigan for the Job’s Daughters, and Guardian and Past Guardian of Bethel #16, Job’s Daughters in Marquette for several years. In addition, she was the Worthy Matron of Oriental Chapter #11, Eastern Star in Oshkosh.
She was the Assistant Director of Music for the Oshkosh Warrior Cadets drum and bugle corps, with Bob Funk being the Director; all three sons were also members of the corps. Her family played a very important role in Gerry’s life, as she and Bob were involved as leaders in each of the organizations to which their children belonged.
Upon moving to Marquette in 1970, Gerry and Bob owned and operated Marquette Maintenance Masters until their retirement.
She is survived by her three sons: Mark Funk and his wife Pauline, Bruce Funk, and Brian Funk and his wife Randi Frank, and by her son-in-law David Dagenais. Grandchildren include: Gregory Funk, Eric Funk, Kristen Funk, Aaron Dagenais, and Brandon Funk. Great grandchildren: Elizabeth Funk, Gabriel Funk, Ian Funk, Carter Funk, and Corbin Dagenais.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert Funk and daughter Karen Dagenais. She is also predeceased by her brothers Winfred and Robert Peterson.
Services will be held at the Swanson Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, August 31, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Kim Spencer will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Condolences may also be expressed online at: www.swansonlunquistfuneralhome.com.