Geraldine's Story

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Gerry Warstler, 94, Middlebury, died suddenly Saturday, Feb. 24, while dining in Englewood, Florida.
She was born June 8, 1923, to Clarence and Wilma (Swartz) Varns.
On Nov. 25,1948, in Middlebury, she married Dean Warstler. He died Aug. 27, 2013.
Surviving are three daughters, Wanda (Ron) Miller, Goshen, Diane (Carl) Eash, Middlebury, and Bonnie Warstler, Elkhart; five grandchildren, Joey (Nannette) Eash, Jaynie (Mike) Kirby, Nicholas (Michelle) Miller, Nathan (Cait) Miller and Natalie Miller; four great-grandchildren, Layne and Nolan Kirby, Tristan Miller and Kirsten Miller and an additional great-grandchild expected soon; three step-great-granddaughters, Kendall, Taylor and Courtney Sharpe; sister, Nancy (Goodrich) Simmons, Glendale, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who was the love of her life.
Since 1970, Gerry and Dean were co-owners of her family's business, Varns & Hoover Hardware in Middlebury. After attending Wheaton College, she worked at the store for 30 years.
In 1946, she was involved in a small airplane crash and was severely injured. This shaped her faith and determination.
While Gerry was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church in Middlebury, she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years and was a member of United Methodist Women, now called Sisters of Strength.
They spent winters at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida, since 1982. While there, they attended Christ United Methodist Church. She was active in the cookie ministry, Shawls of Prayer and attended many Bible study groups. She was also very involved with Bible Study Fellowship in Goshen for many years.
She loved her Lord and Savior and began each day in prayer and devotion. She was a true prayer warrior.
Gerry and her husband visited and helped many ill members in the community. Everyone was her friend.
They were 1998 Summer Festival Parade Marshals and were the recipients of the Middlebury Book of Golden Deeds Award in 2002.
She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Goshen General Hospital and Good News Club. She taught crocheting to the children at the Boys and Girls Club in Middlebury where she was a faithful cookie baker. She enjoyed crocheting baby caps for the hospital and sewing pillow-case dresses for third world ministries. She was a member of Middlebury Home Extension Club for more than 60 years.
Gerry loved to travel and her passion was to be surrounded by family and friends. Her love for crocheting was apparent as her hands were never idle. Gerry loved life and lived life to the fullest up to the very end when she took her last breath.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at First United Methodist Church of Middlebury. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Russell.
Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com
Published on February 27, 2018
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