Geraldine Gehrs

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Geraldine “Gerry” M. Gehrs, nee Knies, 78, of Belleville, IL, born March 1, 1939, in Breese, IL, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Gerry was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish and a member of the church choir. She worked in the cafeteria for both St. Henry’s Seminary and Althoff Catholic High School. Gerry was an avid athlete who loved playing volleyball, softball, golf, and basketball in her younger years. She enjoyed playing pinochle, attending Althoff football games, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.

She was preceded in death by a son, Steve Gehrs; her parents, Joseph and Amanda, nee Hartlage, Knies; a brother, Thomas Knies; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Nicholas Gehrs, whom she married in Breese, IL;
three sons, Nick (Joan) Gehrs, Mark (Heidi) Gehrs, and Tim Gehrs;
nine grandchildren, Jacob (Melissa), Lucas, Leah, Phillip (Megan), Gretchen, Clare, Kate, Charlie and Lydia;
a great-granddaughter, Ella;
a sister and brother-in-law, Phyliss (Tom) Grotts;
many nieces and nephews;
and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, Althoff Catholic High School, or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2017, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


14 Comments on Geraldine Gehrs

Kathy & Teo Gaytan said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2017 at 7:39 PM

Gerry was a wonderful and fun loving cousin who will be missed greatly by all of her Pulliam cousins! Sending out deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort to Nick Sr. and all of the family.

  • Glen Carbon
  • IL
Lois Orlet said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2017 at 4:28 PM

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. She was a wonderful person--beautiful both inside and out. She will be missed by so many. My deepest sympathy to the family. Lois Orlet

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Catherine Kreher said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2017 at 3:37 PM

To the Gehrs Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Catherine Kreher Former Alderman Ward 8

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Stephenie Holtkamp ( Mrs. David Julius Holtkamp ) said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2017 at 2:59 AM

. Many many years ago Gerri showed me some handy tricks with the piano . I still use them to this day . My thoughts are with your family . Stephenie Holtkamp

  • Huntsville
  • Alabama
Joan Rall Brauninger said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2017 at 10:14 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May the Lord give you peace.

  • Kansas City
  • MO
Larry Gleeson said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2017 at 12:12 AM

Deepest condolences. May fond memories comfort you at this time.

  • Santa Barbara
  • CA
Dianne Birk said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 11:27 PM

I am still shocked that you are gone. Going to miss seeing you around. My condolences to Nick and the boys. Wish I had some cookies to send with you.

  • Swansea
  • il
Andy Gleeson said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 7:25 PM

What a great ,funloving lady. I never failed to enjoy myself at any Gehrs' function. Mr. and Mrs.Gehrs are and were the best. Mrs. Gehrs tell my good friend Steve that we miss him. Until we meet again!

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Joe Pulliam said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 6:17 PM

My deepest sympathy to Nick(Sr.) and all the family. Marcia and I always had good times visiting the two of you. Heaven will be a lot more fun with her in attendance. God Bless all of you!!

  • Tyler
  • TX
Patti & Bob Divine said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 4:35 PM

God has called home another angel. She will be forever in your hearts. You have our deepest sympathies.

  • Winfield
  • Missouri
Ernie Bellinger said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 4:34 PM

The thoughts and prayers of the Bellinger are with the Gehrs family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Ofallon
  • Missouri
Ron and Melanie Grimm said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Tim, Lucas and Leah, We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She sounds like she was a wonderful person and for sure a great Grandma! Our deepest sympathies. Ron and Melanie Grimm

  • swansea
  • IL
Terry said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 1:19 AM

What a fun lady!

  • Ballwin
  • Mo
Don Petterson said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2017 at 9:34 PM

God Bless the Gehrs family. Great people Great Family. Thinking of you on this difficult time. Petterson Family

  • Lebanon
  • Ill

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