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Cummins (AP)
Geraldine A. Cummins

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Sept. 27, 1926 - July 12, 2013

ELKHART — Geraldine “Gerry” Ann Cummins, 86, of Elkhart, passed away Friday morning, July 12, 2013, in her home.

She was born in Elkhart to the late Lloyd and Gertrude Lerner.

Gerry is survived by her husband, Andre “Andy” Brooks Cummins; five children, Deborah (Mel) Jacobson of Bristol, Craig (Diane) Cummins of Mishawaka, Robert (Kathy) Cummins of Bloomington, James (Karen) Cummins of Elkhart and Constance Cummins of Hayward, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Her brother Lowell Lerner preceded her in death.

All will remember Gerry for her warm, generous heart and sweet smile.

Gerry graduated from Elkhart High School in 1944 and received a B.S. and M.S. in education from Ball State University. She and Andy were married June 7, 1947. She was an elementary school teacher in the Elkhart Community School system for 25 years.

Gerry was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She was also a former member of Heart City Kiwanis and belonged to the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Elkhart Conservation Club. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.

Many days of her childhood were spent at her family’s Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart. Gerry traveled to all 50 states and visited many countries in Europe and South America, and she spent a year living in England, during which time she met the Queen Mother and Lady Aster. When her children were school-aged, summers were often spent on long camping trips.

The first gift she received from her husband was a tennis racquet; from then on, one of her greatest joys was participating in or watching tennis and any sport you could name. Gerry was a dedicated “sidelines coach” for many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, service celebrating Gerry’s life at St. Paul’s United Methodist, 405 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart. The Rev. Tom DeFries will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

The family extends its appreciation to The Center for Hospice Care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice Care/Elkhart Hospice House, 22579 Old US 20 East, Elkhart, IN 47514 or Child and Parent Services 1000 W. Hively Ave., P.O. Box 773, Elkhart IN 46515.