CHARLESTON, IL – Geraldine Humbert, age 87 of Charleston and formerly of Elgin, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord in the comforting presence of her family on Monday, March 4, 2013 while a patient at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. A time of fellowship and remembrance for family and friends will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2800 University Drive in Charleston. A Memorial Service honoring and celebrating her life will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the church with Pastor Paul Shook officiating. A private family committal service will be held earlier at Roselawn Cemetery. It is requested that memorial gifts in her honor be made to the Charleston Public Library. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Geraldine was born on September 16, 1925 in Waukegan, Illinois a daughter of the late George and Emily (Hansen) Lindhardt. She married Harold P. Humbert on August 20, 1948, and they have enjoyed and celebrated 64 years of marriage. In addition to her husband Harold, she is survived by four loving and devoted children, Philip E. Humbert and wife Mary of Eugene, Oregon, Faith Waite and husband Gregory of Rockford, Illinois, Vernon J. Humbert and wife Laraine of Jacksonville, Florida and Joy Scott and husband Mike of Charleston; eleven grandchildren, Sara Titus and husband Matt, Sheldon Waite and wife Juliet, Hannah Florez and husband Andres, David Waite, Elise Wible and husband Jerry, Amanda Humbert, Michelle Humbert, Sean Kelly and wife Heather, Erin Bedolla and husband Raul, Jennifer Kelly and Shannon Bulla and husband Andrew; nine great-grandchildren and two more on the way, Izabela, Samuel, Lucie and Evangeline Titus, Isaiah and Ezra Waite, Eland Lawson, Sofia Florez, and Natalia Bedolla; and two sisters, Esther (Harry) Moeller of Sun City, Arizona and Georgia (Wes) Wessel of Lubbock, Texas. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Gwen Lawson and a brother, Vernon Lindhardt.
Gerry, as she was affectionately known to many, was employed as a Registered Nurse for 50 years. She received her RN from Michael Reese Hospital, attained a Bachelors degree from Wheaton College and a Masters Degree from Northern Illinois at Dekalb. Her nursing career for those fifty years was very diverse and included positions such as Director of Nursing for two nursing homes, a Home Health Supervisor in the Northern Illinois Region, a teacher at Joliet Junior College, an administrator with the Elgin Mental Health Center, and following the move to Charleston an RN at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Gerry was a woman of faith and a member of First Baptist Church in Charleston and of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member and held several offices in the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of the Great Rivers Region. She was a pastor’s wife and lovingly and faithfully shared in ministry with him.
Gerry was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and crocheting items that she generously gifted. She was fond of camping and traveling with her family and she and Harold were able to travel extensively worldwide. But Gerry’s gift in life was the ability and the desire to take care of others. She was always ready and willing to help someone in need and her family always knew they could rely on her to be there for them as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She created for them a home filled with warmth and love and their many fond memories will be forever cherished.