Throughout her life, Gerry was employed at Hoeffken Brothers and J.C. Penney, but her greatest love was being a homemaker, raising her four children, and spoiling her eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Gerry was very involved in her parishes of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Belleville, IL, and after moving to Smithton, IL, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She was a eucharistic minister, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and Cosgrove’s Kitchen. Gerry was an amazing wife, mom, Gram, and Gigi. She will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sophie, nee Skiera, Krystofolski; her son, Scott Miller, who died in April 2010; her sister, Mary Ann (Alvin) Richter; three brothers, Ronnie, Jim, and Dave Krystoff; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Ethel Miller; her sister-in-law, Jean Hilmes; and a brother-in-law, Arthur Miller.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of more than 69 years, Robert Miller, whom she married on May 3, 1952; three children, Debbie (Chuck, Jr.) Schumacher, Jeff (Pam) Miller, and Diane McCarkel; a daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Miller; her much loved grandchildren, Chuck III (Ali) Schumacher, Bob (Lindsey) Schumacher, Kate Schumacher Lange, Ryan Miller, Kyle (Jenny) Miller, Eric Miller (special friend, Kala), Allison (Steve) Singer, Meredith Miller (special friend, Matt), Shannon (Steve) Warchol, Chelsea (Mike) Falk, and Erin McCarkel (special friend, Ryan); Gigi to her precious great-grandchildren, Campbell Schumacher, Jay Lange, Sam Schumacher, Austin Lange, Grady Miller, Claire Singer, Edward Warchol, Natalie Singer, baby Warchol and baby Miller on the way; two dear foster great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Loretta Krystoff; a brother-in-law, Bob Hilmes; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
The family would like to give a very special thank you to HSHS Hospice for their support throughout this difficult time. Also, a special thank you to Aaron, for his kindness and compassion shown to our family.
Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Restoration Fund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or HSHS Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.