Gerianne Oakes

Gerianne H. Oakes (Houser)

Thursday, April 23rd, 1942 - Thursday, December 27th, 2018
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Gerianne Houser Oakes, 76, of Elizabethtown, and formerly of Rutherford, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.
Born in Hershey on April 23, 1942, she was the daughter of Carol Shope Houser of York and the late Ralph E. Houser, Jr.
Gerianne retired as a loan officer from the Pennsylvania Central Federal Credit Union. She was a 1960 graduate of Cedar Cliff High School. Passionate about giraffes, Gerianne had quite a large collection of them. She also enjoyed doing puzzles; but most of all, Gerianne found great joy in visiting with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Oakes, on June 10, 2001.
Gerianne is survived by two daughters, Cheryl L. Bobb wife of Dennis E. Bobb, Jr. of Hummelstown, and Lori A. Pereira widow of Alex Pereira of Hanover; one son, Larry S. Oakes husband of Danielle Serafini Oakes of Camp Hill; six grandchildren, Amanda L. Hanson wife of Randy of East Berlin, Matthew S. Bobb husband of Erin of Palmyra; Gabrielle A. Oakes and Donovan P. Oakes both of Camp Hill, and Hayden F. Pereira and Savannah G. Pereira both of Hanover; one great grandson, Liam F. Bobb of Palmyra; and two sisters, Patsy Williams wife of William of North Carolina, and Nancy Lucas wife of Steve of Etters.
Funeral service will be held Monday, December 31, 2018, at 11 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. Timothy A. Nickel, Chaplain of Masonic Village Hospice, officiating. A private interment will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Township. Viewing will be in the funeral home Monday from 10 AM until time of the service.
Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Gerianne to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, PO Box 242406, Cleveland, OH 44104.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 31st, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, December 31st, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
    Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
    114 West Main Street
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  • Service

    Monday, December 31st, 2018 | 11:00am
    Monday, December 31st, 2018 11:00am
    Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
    114 West Main Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Rev. Timothy A. Nickel
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
    4855 Londonderry Road
    HARRISBURG, PA 17109
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Bill Comrey, Jr.

Posted at 07:42am
My sincere sympathy and condolences to Cheryl, Lori, Larry and extended families with the passing of your mother Geri. Geri and I worked together for many years and she was a very dedicated and superior fellow employee. May she rest in eternal peace.

Mary Ward

Posted at 11:01am
Cheryl, Larry and Lori. So sorry to hear about your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this sad time.

The Smiths - Steve, Denny and Claire

Posted at 09:55am
Great friends and memories last for eternity!
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Nancy Lucas

Posted at 08:02pm
To My Sister Geri:

You've just gone and I miss you so much already. I sit here and look at this picture of you and you look so beautiful. When I look at this picture or think of you my heart fills with so much love, I feel like I can't stand you not being here any more. All who know you are going to be in disbelief that you are gone. I still can't believe it. It can't be true. I'm so sorry we didn't spend more time together and now it's too late. I take the blame for that and I'm so sorry. Growing up you were my big sister and I was your pain in the neck. How fun was that? Mom loved you so much and I'm so grateful for all the times you and Mom spent together. You two were so close. You are so loved and always will be. You are so missed and always will be. I'm grateful you are no longer suffering and are with God and reunited with Fran. I will miss you and love you forever. Thanks for being such a great sister. I Love You, Nancy.

Mom, Patsy and Nancy

Posted at 02:38pm
We love you a bunch and will miss you forever, Geri!
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This was my Christmas present to Geri, but she didn't get to see it. A baby-sized giraffe was in the Department Store I was in and I couldn't pass up a giraffe photo for Geri!
The Houser Girls
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