Geraldine Patricia Wirthman
05/09/1952 - 01/10/2021
Obituary For Geraldine Patricia Wirthman
Geraldine Patricia Wirthman of Jacksonville, NC, passed away on January 10, 2021. Gerry was born May 9, 1952 in Brooklyn, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, the love of her life, Charles R. “Doc” Woodward, USN-Ret of Jacksonville, NC, and by her wonderful parents, Lucille Travers and Joseph Wirthman, USMC-Ret., of Jacksonville, NC,
Gerry leaves behind her brother Richard Wirthman of Jacksonville NC; her sister Donna Wirthman and her husband Frank Surowiec of Newington, CT; the Surowiec family, children, and grandchildren; her step-son John Woodward, his wife Jessica, and their daughter Abby of Charlotte, NC; cousins Judith Travers and Alexa Gallo, Thomas and Robbie Travers; her “daughter and granddaughter”, Thelma Sokol and Haley Luczak; and the many friends whom she loved and cherished.
Having graduated from the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, she retired from her profession after a successful career.
A member for over 15 years of the Auxiliary to the VFW Post 9133, which is dedicated to their mission of Helping Our Veterans, serving as president from 2008-2009. The friendships she and her husband made at VFW Post 9133 brought her great happiness. These friends were her second family.
Gerry will always be remembered for her beautiful and contagious smile, her laughter, her kindness, and her loving and giving personality. Gerry touched so many lives. We know how truly blessed we are to have had such a wonderful sister.
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at Onslow Memorial Hospital for the excellent care that Gerry received while she was a patient there.
A memorial service to celebrate Gerry’s life will be scheduled later this year.
The VFW Post 9133 Auxiliary has established a Veteran’s Memorial Fund in Gerry’s name. All donations will go to local veterans in need. If you wish to donate, you can send it c/o VFW Post 9133, 1450 Piney Green Road, Jacksonville, NC 28456. Checks should be made out to VFW Post 9133 Auxiliary, specify for the “Gerry Wirthman Veterans Memorial Fund”. For more information, you can contact the Auxiliary Treasurer, Sandy, at 910-581-5947.
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