Geraldine Koelln, 87Geraldine (Hammer) Koelln, age 87, of Hudson, passed away Feb. 25 after a long battle with Alzheimer's and skin cancer.
Geraldine (Hammer) Koelln, age 87, of Hudson, passed away Feb. 25 after a long battle with Alzheimer's and skin cancer.
Gerry was born on June 10, 1924, in Weston, W.Va., to Howard and Zelma (Allman) Hammer. She grew up on a farm in Weston, attended college at Northwestern in Chicago, and lived in Washington, D.C., before moving to St. Paul. Gerry married Roger Koelln in 1959 and moved to Hudson. Gerry worked as a court reporter for over 40 years.
After retirement, Gerry enjoyed visiting with family, traveling, and tours with the North Star Cadillac Club. She took a special pride in flower and vegetable gardening. She loved the beauty of the St. Croix River and enjoyed boating. Gerry had a loving and open heart with a special caring for stray animals. She was an active member at the United Methodist Church of Hudson.
Gerry is survived by her husband, Roger; her children, Beth (Chris) Ziebarth, Carol (Dale) Lewis, and Connie (Tom) Beston; three grandchildren, Brendan Ziebarth, Caroline Beston, and Rachel Beston.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Gathering of Family and Friends to celebrate the life of Geraldine Koelln will be held from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service officiated by Pastor Runwal Freese, Friday, March 2, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
Services are entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.