Geraldine “Gerry” A. Sullivan, Salem, Ohio – Obituary

Stark Memorial Funeral Home

August 3, 2019

Geraldine "Gerry" A. Sullivan, Salem, Ohio - obit

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GIRARD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Geraldine Anne “Gerry” Sullivan, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the Crandall Medical Center.

Gerry was born October 19, 1933, in Salem, a daughter of Claus  and Hazel (Somerville)  Van Hovel.

A lifelong resident of the Salem area, Gerry held a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kent State University and taught elementary classes at Reilly, Canfield and South Range schools. In more recent years, she worked at Lyle Printing as a proofreader.

In the 1950s, Gerry studied modeling and music in Salem and New York City and co-owned a “charm” school of etiquette in Salem. She was an accomplished pianist and was an active patron of the arts including and especially the Salem Community Theatre; as well as, many other visual and performing art events, activities and museums.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund R. Sullivan; her parents, Claus and Hazel (Somerville) Van Hovel; a brother, Arling Van Hovel and sisters, Theda Cook, Jacqueline Ewing and Donna Theiss.

Calling hours will be held at Stark Memorial Monday, August 5 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, followed by burial at Grandview Cemetery.

Family and friends will remember Gerry as a cat-lover extraordinaire.  Those wishing to do so may make donations in her name to the Humane Society of Columbiana County.

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