Geraldine Marie Furterer, better known as Geri (as well as Baba, Ger and Mom) passed away on July 20, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving siblings, children, sons-in-law, and granddaughters.
A fiercely independent woman, she, some may say stubbornly, held to life far longer than anyone expected. It shouldn’t have surprised those that knew and loved her that she would only go out in her own time.
Geri was born in Philadelphia, the oldest of four, to Geraldine Chapman and Joseph Halbherr. The second generation of Irish-Hungarian immigrants, Geri possessed a sharp wit and lifelong passion for learning. The first of her family to attend college, she embarked on a career in education and began her love of teaching in the schools of Philadelphia. She married her highschool love John Raymond Furterer Sr. and started a family with her first born daughter Jill Robin and later her son John Raymond Jr. Shortly thereafter she relocated to the Finger Lakes to raise her children in the breathtaking hills above Keuka Lake. Her family grew by two with Jamie Rose and Joseph Ross.
She worked as an elementary teacher in the Hammondsport School District for many years inspiring young students. Beginning in the upper elementary years and then transitioning to first grade where she shared her love of all things Winnie the Pooh. A lifelong learner, she then obtained a degree in administration and served the community of Bradford as their Principal. Following that, she worked in staff development and later, following retirement, as the homeschool coordinator for BOCES.
Geri had a commitment and passion for education. When she was told, “You molded so many young minds” Geri responded, “No. I just worked to make them more open.” She believed in the potential of all children and hoped that by guiding their curiosity she could help them to unlock the skills to think critically, to problem solve and the importance of empathy.
The family will have a private Celebration of Life memorial and appreciate any donations to be made out to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the PBS Foundation where she was an annual supporter.
Geri is survived by her siblings: Marian Reichert, Christine Torpey and Thomas Halbherr; her children and granddaughters, Matilda and Leah. She will live on in the memories of all those that loved her, in her friendships, in her gardens, in all the knitwear she created, in the ocean waves, in the adventures her family will embark on, always in the stars and whenever a quiet moment of contemplation can be found over a cup of her favorite Earl Grey tea. As Winnie-the-Pooh would say: Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.
Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.
Published on August 24, 2020