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Geraldine E. Cook

March 13, 1924 September 20, 2014
Geraldine E. Cook
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Obituary for Geraldine E. Cook

Rockford - Geraldine E. "Gerry" Cook, 90, of Rockford, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, in Alden-Park Strathmoor, Rockford. Born March 13, 1924, in Warren, the daughter of Ella Hirth. Graduated from Hazel Green High School, Wisconsin, in 1941, and Bayless Business College, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1942. Gerry married Elden E. Cook on December 7, 1943, in Apple River. She worked at the Savanna Ordinance, in Savanna during WWII. Together, Gerry and Elden owned and operated Broadlawn Motel in Manchester, Iowa. Upon its sale, they purchased and operated the Gold Star Motel and Restaurant in Rockford from 1970-1997, retiring on May 2, 1997. Gerry was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Winnebago. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, rarely missing a game on TV or radio.

Gerry is lovingly survived by her sons, Gary (Liz) Cook, of Monroe City, Mo., Dennis (Jane) Cook, of Rockton, David (Rita) Cook of Rockford and Greg (Ona) Cook of Rockford; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and niece, Linda (Jim) Jackson of Madison, Wis. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Elden on May 16, 2002; infant son; great-grandson, Benjamin Cook; sister Viola (Edward) Simison; nephew, Donald Simison; brothers-in-law, Donald Cook and William Parrish.

Funeral Information

Service at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time; the Rev. Steve Shullanberger, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Private burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Warren.

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