Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Bush, 98, Ephrata, ‘professional mom’ and caretaker, attended First UMC

By on February 3, 2016

Geraldine “Gerry” Saxion Bush, 98, of Ephrata, passed away Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at her residence.

She was born in Bellefonte to the late Edward and Ruth (Benner) Saxion and; was the wife of the late Charles W. Bush, who died Dec. 30, 2000, after 57 years of marriage.

She was of the Christian faith, attending First United Methodist Church of Ephrata until her health prevented it. Gerry was a “professional mom” who loved taking care of her family and friends. She dearly loved people and saw strangers as potential friends. Her mission in life was to help others and her love and kindness were non-discriminatory.

Geraldine is survived by daughter: Melby S. Bush of Ephrata; sister: Lois, wife of Frances N. Fry, of Dallas; brother-in-law: Thomas Roush of State College.

In addition to her parents and husband, Geraldine is preceded in death by two brothers: William and Joseph Saxion; and two sisters: Ruth Bryson and Anne Roush.

Services were held Jan. 31 at Stradling Funeral Home, Ephrata. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Pine Hall Cemetery in State College.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Gerry by practicing random acts of kindness, a lesson she desperately tried to teach during her 98 years.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at


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