Jeraldine Pearl Wood, 97, a resident of Effingham, passed away at 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Riverside Village in Elkhart, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, with Dr. Joe Scheets officiating. Private interment will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, P.O. Box 53, Effingham, IL 62401. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
She was born in Watson, on June 1, 1916, to Leonard and Gertie (McWhorter) Croft, one of eight children. Her parents and seven siblings, Thelma Croft, Ivy Croft, Jerald Croft (twin brother), Harvey Croft, Dale Croft, Wilbur Croft and Eileen Powell preceded her in death.
On Sept. 30, 1933, she married Lester R. Wood, also of Effingham, who died in 1993. During their life together, “Jeary and Les” lived in Effingham; Mobile, Ala.; Dublin, Ind.; and Coraopolis, Pa. They returned to Effingham in 1985.
Jeraldine loved dancing, playing cards, bowling, fishing, dogs and lots of hot black coffee! She lived independently in her home until June. She talked to and made friends with strangers wherever she went.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Wood and his wife Marilyn, of Granger, Ind., and four beloved grandchildren, Justin Wood of Nevada City, Calif., Brendan Wood of San Francisco, Calif., Adam Wood of Granger, Ind., and Katherine Wood of Bloomington, Ind. She said her family was her proudest achievement. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
She had a special friend in her sister-in-law, Joyce Mietzner of Effingham and was blessed by the companionship of two gentlemen friends after Lester’s passing, Ralph Thoele of Teutopolis and Floyd Phillips of Newton.
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