Geraldine Swigart Witchey

August 12, 1922 ‒ October 16, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield: Geraldine Swigart Witchey of Mansfield, born August 12, 1922, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Army Air Corp Pilot Leslie E. Witchey in 1963, her parents Charles and Flossie Swigart of Lexington and brothers Norman, Lowell, and Robert Swigart.  She graduated from Lexington High School as co-valedictorian.

Gerry loved God’s beautiful creation, especially feeding and listening to the songbirds, walking trails, and with her memberships in the Gorman Nature Center and the Nature Preservation League.  A loving mother and homemaker, she was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troops, was Neighborhood Chairman of 16 local troops, and served on the Training Committee of Heritage Trails Girl Scout Council.  She was active in the Lexington PTA and Lexington Child Study Club.  As a member of the Lexington Church of Christ, she was a Sunday school primary superintendent and teacher.  Later with her husband, she co-directed the youth group.

For years she was an active member of the Women’s Club and also enjoyed playing bridge in several different clubs.  Gerry valued her affiliation and the many friendships through the Officers’ Wives Club in the 179th Airlift Wing, the Terra Bona Club, and numerous golf and bowling leagues.  In recent years, she attended Berean Baptist Church where she was a greeter.

She is survived by her daughter and husband, Janice and John Eitelgeorge of Bokeelia, FL, and daughter Sally Witchey Ashbaugh of Ashland; grandchildren Derrick Eitelgeorge, Leslie Eitelgeorge Drexel, and Matthew Ashbaugh; great grandchildren Kristen and Lauren Drexel and Miles and Everett Ashbaugh.

A funeral service giving glory to God for the life of Geraldine L. “Gerry” Witchey will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12 noon, in the chapel of Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield where the family will receive friends from 10 am – 12 noon.  Steve McElhatten and Pastor Craig Hamm will officiate.

Memorial contributions in Gerry’s memory may be made to, Berean Baptist Church (2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904).  Contributions will benefit the Dare to Serve Youth Ministry.

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  • Janice, Sally and family, Your Mom was such a special lady and friend always doing. She had her calendar so full and wanted to do everything from morning to night. She ran circles around me and I admired her. I will miss her tremendously, especially her phone calls are our monthly date for the Berean Senior dinners, which we had gone to since the beginning…You girls and the family ment everything to her and she was so proud of all of you. You have my sincerest sympathy with lots of hugs and love. RIP Gerry, loved you.

    • Darlene,

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments. Mother enjoyed so much the time she spent with you. Both of you enjoyed good music and bridge. Thank you so much for driving her to so many events. Blessings on your life.

      Janice and Sally

  • Janice and Sally, Sorry to hear about your mom. She use to come and visit me at the office. I had a chance to take her, my aunt Jean, and Jim Swigart’s wife to lunch one day and learned all sorts of family history. She will be missed by all. Sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral, as I am out of town this weekend, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    Earl Swigart & Family

  • Dear Janice and Sally and families,
    Dad, Richard T. Roberts, told me of Gerry’s passing today. I know she was looking forward to her eternal home. We pray God will give you the strength
    needed for the days ahead and wisdom as you may have many decisions to make.
    Our families have had some Lexington memories over the years. May your memories bless your heart.

  • Dear Janice, Sally and family, Aunt Gerry will be so missed. I’ll also miss her calls chewing me out for not calling her more often. I am so grateful that I was able to get Aunt Olivia (Her Sister-in-law), myself and my wife Polly up to see her in May. When we went to see her, I walked into the area where she was , and she asked “Are you here to see someone”, and I said yes, you! She said “no your not” and I said, Aunt Gerry it’s David! She than grabbed my arm and said “get out, get out”! She was worried about us getting the flu. which was going around at the assisted living facility. It was a wonderful visit mainly in getting the two gals together. So Sorry we are unable to come up. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Aunt Olivia sends her love.

    David and Polly Scholler and Olivia Swigart

    • Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and for coming to visit her. You are sweet. Blessings on your life.
      Janice and Sally

  • Janice and John and rest of family

    We were so sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. We always had such good times together. Lloyd always enjoyed talking with her and Gerry and I were good bridge partners. We had many good times. We will miss her. We are sorry to say we are unable to attend the funeral Saturday but our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

    Babette and Lloyd Mullet

  • My sympathy to family. Gerry was very dear to me.

    I admired her energies as a Sr for a long time into her 90’s. We played bridge and other activities together. I was invited to Berean dinners thanks to her.
    One of the best memories was being hosted at Lake Erie in daughter’s 2nd home.

    In Christian love,
    Marge of Bellville

  • Dear Janice and Sally,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss
    of your dear mother.
    She was a dear friend of mine for many years.

    Betty Adair