Geraldine McKenna

Visitation Date: Friday, July 23, 2021
Visitation Time: 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Funeral Date: Friday, July 23rd, 2021
Funeral Time: 7:00 pm
Place of Funeral: Celebration of Life
Interment: Burial Private

Geraldine “Geri” Anne McKenna died suddenly in her sleep on July 7th, 2021 at the age of 73 years old. Geri was born on April 6th, 1948 to parents Gerald McKenna and Marie McKenna (nee Callum). She is predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Marie, and loving aunts and uncles, and dear cousin Sean Callum of whom she had a special connection. Geri is survived by her loving daughter Jennifer Carroll (Thomas), her only grandson, Alexander, her loving cousins, Kay Callum, Jack Callum (Nancy), Tom Callum (Mary Ann), and MJ Diehl (Richard) and her sister Susan McKenna.
Geri was born in Knox, Indiana and remained there until her family moved to Chicago. She attended and graduated from St. Gregory the Great High School. She had many fond memories of Knox, IN and visited her old friends there over the years. Geri did love living in Chicago because it meant living by/with her cousins, whom she cherished so much. In her later years, she loved driving though the old neighborhoods recanting and reliving the stories of those good times.
Geri was a hard worker from day one at any job she did. A knack for numbers accounting is where she spent most of her work years or “bookkeeping” as she called it. No one who worked with her did not know her kindness and likely depended on her for her willingness to help. She instilled that same work ethic in her daughter. She often said if you are going to do something, no matter how menial, you might as well do it right. She was not only a co-worker, but she was a friend.
Friends from the past, present, work and family all knew Geri as a loving person who went extra lengths so see people happy. She would show up for people when they needed a friend or a laugh, or an extra hand to wrangle the grandkids (Gloria). She always made the effort to know favorite colors, animals, Disney characters, etc. and showed up with lovely random gifts for all. This was her way of letting people know how much they meant to her and how much she thought of them.
Her smile will be missed by all.

Services will be held on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Salerno’s Rosedale Chapels
Located at 450 W. Lake Street Roselle IL, 60172

Guestbook


Posted by:
Carol Jaquet

Posted on:
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Geri and I met at our favorite country spot At The Office back in the 80’s. Always smiling and such a joy to know. So sorry you are no longer with us but know you are in a much better place and at peace. You will be forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed. RIP dear friend.

Posted by:
Judy(Curtis) Kelly

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Geri and I were in the 1966 graduating class from St. Gregory HS in Chicago. I haven't seen her in all these years, but remember her vividly! She LOVED Knox, Indiana and let every one know it. I can't remember what the connection was. She was funny , fun-loving and a wonderful friend. I am so sorry for this loss.

Posted by:
Beth O\'Donnell

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I will miss my accounting " work-wife" ! Geri was always my go-to when I had massive wearable orders and jewelry orders & credits to decipher. She definitely had an open door policy - you could pop down any time to see and she would make the language of accounting very easy to understand. She was a wonderful friend and I will miss seeing her face at the office. God Bless, Geri.

Posted by:
Cynthia Bailey

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I had the great pleasure of working/sitting right next to Geri McKenna at Summit Group (Accounting Dept.) for more than 2 years. We laughed and worked hard daily. She was a very loving, caring, sweet and helpful person. She always had a smile on her face! Miss you Geri! Rest Well.

Posted by:
Barb Ritchie

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Geri’s passing. Sending sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your memories of Geri.

Posted by:
Shelly Graham

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Oh Geri I am so sad to hear of your passing! You were such a sweet lady and I always looked forward to working with you. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by:
Fran Kensky

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Geri's passing. She was so helpful to those of us that worked with Geri. She was patient, funny, professional and a pleasure to work with. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Posted by:
Stephanie Batson

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Ms. Geri, I don’t even know where to begin. You was the best friend/co-worker a girl could ask for, kind even when others weren’t you always stayed true to your good nature and wonderful spirit. You will be sorely missed. To the family my condolences and prayers to all of you Geri was a true gem.

Posted by:
Linda Girard

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I have lost a great friend. Geri always put others first and went out of her way to help, support and be there always for her friends. I will miss her calls, texts and our get- togethers that I so enjoyed. My heart is broken. I will always remember her and cherish the friendship we had.

Posted by:
Patrice Scott

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I had the honor and pleasure to work with Geri for several years. Her spirit was infectious, her energy boundless and her kindness and willingness to help others limitless. Geri was not only a trusted and respected colleague but friend. She will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and all those who knew and loved her. Rest in peace.

Posted by:
Danon

Posted on:
Monday, July 12, 2021

What a wonderful, sweet and caring lady! I had the privilege of working with Geri and we tackled many supplier statements together! She kept me on my toes and never hesitated to send a reminder email to get the answers she needed. Loved working with her and so glad our life paths crossed.

Posted by:
Amanda Godek

Posted on:
Monday, July 12, 2021

I worked with Geri for over 2 years at Summit, and we remained friends afterwards. She was such an amazing person, and I am so grateful she was a part of my life. Behind her tough, witty exterior was a loving and gentle soul. She was so thoughtful, and I will be forever appreciative that she took the time to keep in touch. What an amazing lady and friend.

Posted by:
Ryan Sumblin

Posted on:
Monday, July 12, 2021

Geri, I am greatly saddened to hear of your passing. Although I did not get the privilege to interact with you, your impact at Summit stands evident. I pray God's comfort for your family.

Posted by:
Teaia Alexander-Johnson

Posted on:
Monday, July 12, 2021

Geri, Always Pleasant, Always Kind. GOD Bless her soul. My sincere condolences to the Family. GOD Bless, Keep and Comfort you, give you Strength and Peace.

Posted by:
Jenn Evensen

Posted on:
Monday, July 12, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Geri at Summit for 5 years. She was funny, witty, spunky, energetic and forthright. She was a doer and a teacher and always looked out for her fellow co-workers. She was well adored by her teammates and will certainly be missed. My condolences and love to her family and friends.

Posted by:
Diana Young

Posted on:
Monday, July 12, 2021

Geri - was such a bright light in this sometimes dark world. She was joyful, funny, caring and filled with love for all. She will be missed by so many that were blessed to have known her. God now has a very special angel walking with Him. Sending prayers and condolences to the family.

Posted by:
Lara Drummond

Posted on:
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Gerri was such an awesome co worker and friend. I will not be attending as I now live in North Dakota, but this world has lost a special person- and I wanted to let the family know that I mourn with you.