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HEILMAN, Geraldine T.
Geraldine T. Heilman, 96, passed away peacefully May 4, 2017, at Mayo – Franciscan
Skemp Hospital with her family at her side.
A lifelong resident of La Crosse, Gerry was born March 11, 1921 to Anna (Dolle) and
Edward Guggenbuehl and had no siblings. She was married October 16, 1948 to Frank
She is survived by two sons, Thomas (Kelly) of Winona, Minnesota, Paul (Jane Podella)
of La Crosse; 3 grandsons, Nicholas (Nichole), Brian, Andrew; and 2 granddaughters,
Abby and Ashley, all of La Crosse. She also was the great-grandma of 4 dogs and 3
cats. We are very grateful for having had her with us for so many years. She cherished
her relatives and friends and treasured your love. We wish to thank all of you who made
her life so rich.
Gerry loved her family and friends and was involved in many hobbies and charities. She
enjoyed bowling when she was younger and at one time held the women’s city record.
When she couldn’t bowl anymore herself, she loved accompanying her family and
watching them bowl. She knitted countless caps and mittens for many years, giving
them to local medical centers for their newborn babies. She was active in her church for
many years and also distributed meals on wheels. She was extremely charitable with
her giving and always thought of others before herself. She sewed, knitted, and
crotched constantly, often with the TV on watching the Packers, Brewers, Cubs, tennis,
golf, or the Wisconsin Badgers.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Mary, Mother of the Church
Parish, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
at Church on Friday. Rev. Brian D. Konopa will officiate with entombment to be held in
the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum in Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse, Wis.
Memorials may be given to Mary, Mother of the Church; the Aquinas Foundation; or the
charity of your choice.
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