Geraldine (Geri) Cormican (nee Erdman) passed away peacefully at home at 80 years young on October 24, 2020. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Richard; sons: Scott (Maureen) Cormican & Todd (Patti) Cormican; grandchildren: Derek (Lesley) Cormican, Amanda (Nick) Hoppock, Hannah (Mitch) Lanza, Asia (Nick) Mealey, and Brittany Cormican; three great-grandkids (Rosalyn, Danica, & Thomas); her brothers: Roger and Gard Erdman, and other family and friends. Geri is preceded in death by her parents, Ewald and Lorraine (nee Adams) Erdman; sisters, Marion Peterson, Janice Hayes; brothers, Eugene and David Erdman, and her great-granddaughter Olivia.
Geri and Richard would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 31st this year. Richard pursued Geri until she agreed to marry him—though he continued to pursue her throughout their lives, much to Geri’s chagrin. The two took many trips to Vegas on their anniversary, where they often left the slot machines weeping for mercy. Geri and Richard enjoyed time at the casino together, wherever their trips happened to take them. Richard taught Geri the value of stalking a cute girl, and Geri taught Richard how to drink.
Geri swore on the sainthood of her two sons, Scott and Todd—regardless of the current stories proving their more challenging tendencies. Geri stayed home to support the raising of her boys, taking them fishing at Wind Lake before they had a boat, taking them bowling, and ensuring they didn’t accidentally kill each other when wrestling.
Geri had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. She spared no expense to bring a smile to their faces, and took true joy in spending time with them. Christmas Eves were spent gathered in the living room around the little Christmas tree, taking pictures and opening gifts together. Geri always lit up when her grandchildren stopped by and found contentment even in just sitting together. Geri’s love grew even more when she was blessed with four great-grandchildren, all of whom she held with huge smiles.
Geri was a fierce woman with quick wit and a multitude of expressions to pass around. She was known for supplying Richard’s stories with details and amendments, as well as throwing in memorable one-liners. Geri dutifully cheered the Packers and Brewers to many wins, and always enjoyed watching even the less victorious of games. She especially loved listening to the dulcet tones of Conway Twitty, tapping along to his tunes through the end. Geri was especially enamored with roosters, cows, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Her family takes peace knowing that she’ll be sending plenty of hummingbirds for them to enjoy.
Geri will be truly missed by her family, who love her dearly. Please share your memories and moments with her below to help celebrate her life.
Gathering to be held at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 West National Avenue, New Berlin, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Service to follow at 12:00 PM.