Geri F. LeVar – 87

Geraldine Francis Lamm LeVar, “Geri”, age 87, life long resident of Mount Morris, IL, died Friday, 06 July 2018 in that town she loved best.
She was born September 16, 1930 in Oregon, IL to Gerald and Edna (Jones) Lamm. She was fortunate to have 5 siblings: brothers Donald (Linda) Lamm, Dennis Lamm, David Lamm; sisters Sharon (David) Cinotto and Susan (Michael) Klaas. She attended school in Mount Morris, Il, graduating from Mount Morris High school in 1948 and then from St. Anthony’s School of Nursing, Rockford, IL in 1951.
She married Kenneth John LeVar on April 14, 1951. Together, they had 5 children: Cathy (Rick Roberts) LeVar, Cindy (Pat) Farrell, Mary LeVar, K.C. LeVar and Christopher LeVar. Many happy years were spent in their little home on Barbara Street. They were blessed with 4 grandchildren: Gregory Yocum, Joseph (Missy Cribbs) Yocum, Ashley LeVar, Taylor LeVar.
Geri was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon, IL where she married her love, Ken, and baptized all of her children.
Her chosen calling was Nursing. She was employed by Mount Morris Family Clinic for 10 years and by Pinecrest Manor for 22 years, retiring in 1992. She is remembered as a loving and caring nurse, as well as teacher, to many in the Mount Morris area. After retirement, she was a volunteer and board member for the Ogle County Hospice. She worked many years to raise funds for the construction of Serenity House, Oregon, IL. She also volunteered at Pinecrest Manor and Angel Treasures. She was passionate about long term care and end of life care.
Geri had many, many friends. She loved having picnics on the Fourth of July, Family holiday dinners, and parties on the patio. She never met a Manhattan she didn’t like!
She is survived by her daughters, Cindy and Mary; brother and sisters, Don, Sharon, Sue and their spouses Linda, Dave and Mike; Brother-in-law John (Nancy) LeVar; Grandchildren, Greg, Joe, Ashley and Taylor; many nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by Ken, her husband of 45 years; her parents, Gerald and Edna; In Laws, Dorothy and John LeVar; Brothers, David and Dennis; Children, Cathy, Christopher and K.C.; and long-time friend, Sam Thomas.
Services will be held on Friday July 13, 2018 at 11:oo A.M. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL. A private, family burial be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Oregon, IL. A reception will follow mass in the church basement. Finch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations can be made to the Serenity House/Ogle County Hospice,Oregon, IL; or Pinecrest Community, 414 Wesley Ave., Mount Morris, IL 61054.
The family wishes to thank Pinecrest Nurses and staff, Ogle County Hospice, Rob Rydzinski, DO, and Pat Nordman, NP.
*Daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, Nurse*

11 thoughts on “Geri F. LeVar – 87”

  1. I remember Geri as such a sweet, caring and fun nurse at Pinecrest Manor when I worked there in high school and college. Treasure your memories of this truly good lady.

  2. I am so sorry to see this. She was a wonderful woman and I considered her my friend. She never passed a person without saying hello and talking for a while. She will be missed.

  3. Extremely sad to hear of this… Jeri was truly one of those very special people!! We had many talks about life, death and laughter.. Sorry to all of you for this loss, but glad you were part of such a loving lady!

  4. A sad time to hear of the passing of your mother Geri. I was so glad to have seen her this past year with friend Sylvia Saunders. Thanks to Geri, I have the most amazing and loving friend; Cindy.

  5. I met Geri in 1989. She was my C.N.A. teacher. She taught me thorough care with much encouragement and love. After the certification, I kept in contact with her for many years. A few years ago, I was doing in-home care in her neighborhood. She happened to be getting her mail as I was driving by. I was blessed to have had the chance to reconnect and give her a heartfelt thank-you with a hug.
    R.I.P. to a true lady. XO

  6. Sue and all the family,

    Sorry to hear of Geri’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  7. I am so sorry to see this. I was so happy to see Mrs. LeVar one year ago at my parents, Bill and Katie Incontro’s memorial service. I was so happy to see a familiar face. I will never forget her. She lived across the street from us on Barbara. The LeVar’s all hold a special place on my heart.

  8. I didn’t know Geri for very long because I moved to Mt Morris 6 years ago but I’m happy for the time I did know her. I met Geri when I started doing maintenance pedicures for her. I feel privlaged that I was able to give her love and care when she had been the caregiver to so many others. Cynthia Laughlin from Polished Hair and Nails.

  9. So sorry to hear this Geri was a beautiful person. I was in the first CNA class she taught at Pinecrest. What a wonderful teacher and nurse. I always enjoyed her and working at Pinecrest with her.
    You are in my prayers.

  10. Geri n i met several times at pinecrest. I had taken a hospice volunteer class n Geri presented me my pen. Her friendship was always welcoming.

  11. Dear the levar family
    Im sorry about geris passed
    My prays are with you and your family may god bless you. Gerri friend Jon Ferguson

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