Geraldine “Gerry” Messenich (née Keck) | Local death notices



Geraldine “Gerry” Messenich (née Keck)

May 24, 1939 – November 11, 2021

DYER, IN / FORMERLY FROM LANSING, IL – Geraldine “Gerry” Messenich of Dyer, IN, formerly of Lansing, IL, passed away on November 11, 2021, in Munster, IN, aged 82. She was born May died December 24, 1939 in Chicago, IL, daughter of Charles and Ethel Keck. Gerry is survived by her husband Terry A. Messenich. Terry and Gerry were married on May 23, 1959 in Lansing, Illinois, and have been married for 62 wonderful years.

Gerry is also survived by his two daughters, Sandra J. Miller and Patti Messenich; her son, Paul (Jodi) Messenich of Denver, Colorado; three grandchildren: Cary D. Miller, Brenda (Matthew) Hebert of Cedar Lake, IN, and Victoria (April) DiGiannantonio of Denver, CO; one great-grandchild, Evelyn Hebert; and a “grateful rescued horse herd” in Denver, CO. She was predeceased by her parents.

Gerry served as a school secretary at Nathan Hale Elementary School and then Heritage Middle School (both located in School District 171) in Sunnybrook, Lansing, Illinois for many years. Gerry worked in the special education department and she had many fond memories of her time there. Before retiring, Gerry (and her daughter Sandra) enrolled in a folk art painting class, then she and her husband Terry (already retired) decided to start a “smart” business and started a small business called “Love to Paint! . Terry cut and prepared the wood and Gerry painted it. They attended craft fairs and farmers’ markets in Illinois and Indiana and also sold their products in several specialty stores. She was a very talented folk art painter and their designs continue to bring smiles and joy to so many people. Gerry will be remembered by her husband and family in many ways. She loved her husband and was devoted to his family. Family first. Gerry was much happier when she was involved in her family’s life. She had a loving nature, a kind and gentle spirit, loved to help others and never had a hard time talking about anyone. Gerry was a good listener and gave the best advice and encouragement. She also gave the best hugs. “His little boat left a great wake of compassion which touched and healed many.” She will be missed and her husband and family will never be the same without her. Gerry’s funeral will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church, 3010 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL on Saturday November 20, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with a Christian funeral mass starting at 11:00 am. Gerry will be buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Calumet City, IL. Due to current restrictions, masks are mandatory. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Gerry’s name to a charity of your choice.

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