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Geraldine Lawrence

Geraldine Mary “Gerry” Lawrence, age 92, of Quincy, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6:00 a.m. in Bickford Cottage.

Gerry Lawrence | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILGerry was born November 12, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of August T. and Gertrude M. Speck Schmidt. She married Leonard T. Hettinger on May 30, 1949 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1969. She then married James H. Lawrence on May 23, 1970. He preceded her in death on September 28, 1993.

Gerry was a 1944 graduate of St. Michael Central High School in Chicago. While in high school, she was involved in band, and she played the violin and the drums. Gerry had been employed as an office clerk at the Chicago Public Library and Commerce Clearing House. She had also worked as a key punch operator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and General Mills. When her daughters were young, Gerry had been a Girl Scout Leader.

After her retirement in 1977, Gerry and Jim moved to the Branson, MO area where she worked in concessions at the Shoji Tabuchi Theater for 11 seasons. Gerry had been a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Branson, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She also spent her time volunteering at local nursing homes and volunteering at the public library. In her spare time, Gerry enjoyed knitting, bowling, and playing golf. Gerry was a voracious reader. She also enjoyed traveling, and her favorite trips included her numerous golf tournaments with Jim, and visits to South Korea and Cabo San Lucas with her daughters. She also loved listening to music, going dancing, and attending live theatrical and musical productions. Gerry was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox.

In 2007, Gerry moved to Curtis Creek in Quincy to be near her family.

Gerry’s family would like to thank the staff at Bickford Cottage for all of their loving care and support.

Survivors include: two daughters: Mary K. (Lon) Moeller of Quincy, IL; and Beth Hettinger Evans of Napa, CA; three step-children: Barbara Koch of La Grange, IL; Gregory (Teresa) Lawrence of Woodlawn, TN; and Joan (Steven) Kyriazes of Schaumburg, IL; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; her sister, Imelda (Edward) Hettinger of Cherokee Village, AR; and her sister-in-law, Bernadette O. Schmidt of Aurora, IL.

In addition to her two husbands, Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie Yunker; a brother, Vincent Schmidt; two step sons: Robert and Gerald Lawrence; and a son-in-law, Dennis Koch..

Services: 10:00 am Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Church of St. Peter, with Father Aaron Kuhn officiating.

Inurnment: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. Boniface Cemetery in Chicago, IL.

Visitation: at the time of service

Memorials: Blessing Hospice or Church of St. Peter.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. Mary & Beth, it was such a privilege to meet both of you as Marietta and I accompanied Mom on her final journey. You gave us such great support, and I am sending you support as well. I always liked seeing Gerry when I would visit Mom. She may not have spoken much but she definitely had a spark and she’d let you know if she didn’t like or approve of something. She really enjoyed that party you had for her in November, I remember how much she smiled afterwards. I’m so glad she’s at peace now, with her voice and her memories back. I’ll be thinking of you and your family Saturday.

  2. Mary, Lon, and family, thoughts and prayers for all of you. I was privileged to know her through my mom, Mary Sternke.

  3. Mary and Lon, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can still see Gerry walking around Mary Bs and I treasure that image. Take comfort knowing that you gave her all the best.

  4. Mary and Lon, I know that Gerry is at peace now. Once again she is watching over you. She had many stories to tell and her favorites were of taking care of her girls. I was privileged to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. My deepest sympathy. What a lovely life she lived. Gerry loved to talk about her Branson days, and all of her favorite music. Mary you are such a dedicated daughter. Thank you for sharing her with us at Bickford.

  6. Mary, Beth and Lon – we’ll miss her so much, just as you will. So many good times shared together will be the focus of our fond memories of her. She now sings and laughs again, free of the bonds that kept her from that for so long. May her memory be eternal!

  7. Peace, love, and comfort to your family. It was such an honor and blessing to have known Gerry.

  8. I will sure miss my best friend but I know she is so happy now and at peace. May God Bless all of you.

  9. Mary and Family,
    My sympathy to you on Gerri’s passing. I’m sure she’s enjoying the music in heaven! May you feel God’s peace and presence.

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