Geraldine LaGrua Kennedy


ONEONTA - Geraldine LaGrua Kennedy passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Basset Hospital of Cooperstown.
Geraldine was born Aug. 13, 1922, in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Fred and Elvira (Santangelo) LaGrua.
Gerry met the love of her life Howard Carvil Kennedy in Brooklyn while still in high school. They were married on Nov. 1, 1942. Together they traveled through life with a shared love of family, friends and new adventures. Howard predeceased her on Oct. 25, 1998.
Moving to Long Island while raising her three children, Geraldine was active in politics as a Republican committee women, was a Little League president and also served as an elections commissioner.
She returned to work as a systems analyst, first with a physicians group, then with Eastern Sates Bankcard Association where she was in charge of a newly-burgeoning credit card call system. Gerry continued her career moving to Connecticut first as systems analyst then as vice president of Society for Savings in Hartford.
Retiring to Florida, Gerry was able to indulge her passion for travel visiting all 50 states, Europe, South American, the Caribbean and her beloved Sicily. Whether traveling with her husband, daughters or alone, she engaged with everyone.
After the death of her husband, Gerry began to volunteer at Orlando Regional Center in the emergency department and at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in the NICU.
She renewed her political interests and campaigned vigorously for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
Central to her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom to her children, nana to her grandchildren and Nana GiGi to her great-grandchildren, she was their strongest advocate; making sure they were all well-dressed, well-fed and well-versed in the politics of the day. Strong, passionate and loving are words that defined her.
Geraldine is survived by her three children, George Robert (Debra) Kennedy, Orlando, Florida, Patricia Ellen Kennedy (Jack Schluep), Oneonta and Geraldine Geisler, Oneonta; eight grandchildren, John David (Christina) Kennedy, Orlando, Florida, Daniel Howard Kennedy, Orlando, Florida, Rae Marie (Craig) Martin, Wellington, Florida, Taylor (Meredith) Schluep, Oneonta, Christopher (Ahn) Schluep, Seattle, Washington, John Paul (Farnaz) Schluep, Larchmont, Richard (Sarah) Geisler, Rochester and Amanda Geisler, St. Louis, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren, Jack, Harrison, Ella June, Kian, William, Nicholas, Phoebe, Lydia and Millie George; one sister, Genevieve (Jack) Wyman, Schellsburg, Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by four sisters, Rosalie, Theresa, Anna and Frances; and two brothers, Robert and Thomas.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
Memorial donations may be made to Springbrook, 105 Campus Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, in loving memory of Geraldine LaGrua Kennedy.
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Funeral arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on April 23, 2019
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Lori Marsh
Apr 27, 2019
So very sorry for your loss, she will be missed deeply and our prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends at this time of need.
God was gifted with a very special Angel...
Love, Lori & Family
Jeannette Westcott
Apr 26, 2019
Sorry for your loss. This was one of her favorite photos that I shared with her. She loved the beauty in this world. She treasured her family.
Jeannette Westcott
Apr 26, 2019
Sorry for your loss. This was one of her favorite photos of mine. She really appreciated the beauty in this world. I will think of her often. Blessings to all of her family,you were all treasured.
Hal Akers
Apr 24, 2019
My deepest condolences to you Geri and your family .
Roger Gutterson
Apr 24, 2019
My dearest Aunt Gerry..... you know we have and will always love you.....with our sincerest aloha …..Roger and Carol