Geraldine Yung

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Geraldine Yung, nee Powers, 94, of Smithton, IL, born October 5, 1928, in Swansea, IL, died Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Red Bud Regional Care Center, Red Bud, IL.

Geraldine worked for 17 years at Kroger Grocery Store, in Belleville, IL. She was a past president of Smithton Turner Society and a member of the St. Clair Farm Bureau. She loved dancing, music, and enjoyed painting. Geraldine was very outgoing and never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Elmer Yung, whom she married on April 12, 1947, and who died on May 10, 1998; her parents, Chester and Amie, nee Shearon, Powers; her four brothers, Leo Powers, Chester Powers Jr., Eugene Powers, and Raymond Powers; and two sisters, Celestine Peludat and Margaret Fernandez.

She is survived by her children, Chester (Kathleen) Yung, Anna Yung, and Hunter (Shannon) Yung;
seven grandchildren, Jason Platz, Krystal Irby, Randi Hoffarth, Shawna Hoffarth, David Hoffarth, Nicholas Yung, and Brittany Yung;
many loving great-grandchildren;
and a sister-in-law, Marlene Powers.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial will be in Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


8 Comments on Geraldine Yung

Dale Powers said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2023 at 2:30 PM

So sorry to hear about Aunt Geri's passing. I have many memories about her and Uncle Elmer at different family gatherings, reunions and visits to their home in Smithton. As a child I was especially interested when the times dad and mom would go in with another family member and buy a butchered cow from Elmer and Geri. I would hang out in the barn and watch the whole procedure. Aunt Geri also helped out with my dad (Eugene) during his last days. She was always so helpful and nice. God bless you kids and grandkids.

  • Evergreen
  • Co.
Rose and Charles Mertens said : Guest Report Apr 14, 2023 at 2:13 PM

Chester and Kathy so sorry for your loss

  • Smithton
  • Il
Maryanne Powers said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2023 at 10:43 AM

Chester, Anna and Hunter, We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Aunt Geri was always so wonderful to us as a family. My dad, Uncle Eugene always wanted to protect your mom because she was his youngest sister. And your Aunt Geri was so good about keeping up with daddy when our mother was sick. She would call dad and would stop by to make sure he was okay. Your mother was so good to me as I was growing up. Aunt Norma and I made most of my clothes and Aunt Geri would give me some of her older work clothes. Mom and I would alter them for me, but I felt so great in her beautiful 'store bought' clothes. I remember visiting your farm and your mom was always cooking or cleaning up from the last meal. I think that we never left your home feeling hungry. If she did not have anything on, she would throw something together. She was the most loving and family-oriented person I knew. My brothers and I always enjoyed visiting your home, so warm and welcoming. My daughter Sheri who is the oldest granddaughter for my mom and dad, remembered the farm and visiting. Chester, she remembered you and in the evening at your home, there were always thousands of fireflys! Your mother was a lovely person, very giving and self-sacrificing. We loved her so much and we are all so very sorry for your loss.

  • Aurora
  • CO
Dawn and Lloyd Schenewerk said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2023 at 11:04 PM

Chester, Hunter and Anna, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please know our thoughts, prayers and thoughts are with all of you and your family.

  • Imperial
  • Missouri
Mark & Kim Forcade said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2023 at 9:05 AM

Chester,Kathy&Family. So sorry to hear of Geri’s passing enjoyed talking with her over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except our sympathy

  • Smithton
  • Il
Rhonda Powers said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2023 at 7:44 PM

We will miss Aunt Geri terribly. She was so loving & caring. We spent many phone calls, in later yrs., catching up on each other's lives & discussing family memories. She was so kind during our visits - I'm so glad Larry got to know her too, while she was still living at her house. We see & use some china, that she had gifted us, every day & think of her fondly. I'm glad she was greeted in heaven by the family that passed before. Our prayers & sympathies are with all - may Angels surround you & lighten your grief. (I was her niece, Leo & Ethel Powers' Daughter)

  • Pacific
  • MO
Nancy Rogers said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2023 at 4:51 PM

Chester and Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

  • Smithton
  • IL
margaret dotson said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2023 at 12:28 PM

Sweetest lady, she never met a Stanger. Loved her children will her whole heart. She will definitely be missed at family gatherings. Rest in peace Geri💝 Condolences for the entire family.

  • Collinsville
  • IL

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