Geraldine R. Vernau 81, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Luther Acres volunteer

By on April 10, 2013

Geraldine R. Vernau, 81, of Lititz, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013 at Luther Acres Retirement Community.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Minnie (Graf) Stoner. Gerry was the wife of George E. Vernau with whom she celebrated 60 1/2 years of love.

Gerry retired after working 25 years in the food service and transportation department for Lancaster School District. She was an active member and volunteer at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and also volunteered for the past 10 years at Luther Acres. She and George enjoyed traveling and going on Senior Shepherd bus trips. Gerry and her husband took care of directing back yard picnics for over 30 years at their former neighborhood of Jamaica and Ranck Mill Roads. She liked doing counted cross-stitch, but loved and adored her priority of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, George, are her children: G. Douglas Vernau of Mountville; Denise V. Troupe, wife of Harold, of Lititz; and Debra V. Rye, wife of Elwood, of Lancaster; seven grandchildren: Stephanie; Jennifer; Michael; Kristen; Kyle; Justin and Amy; three great-grandchildren: Taylor, Kendall and Harper; a future great-granddaughter: Sarah Ruth; and a sister: Shirley Wenger, wife of Robert, of Lancaster.

A celebration of life service was held April 9 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd with Rev. Mark L. Russell officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gerry’s memory to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. To send the family online condolences, please visit

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