Geraldine A. Littke was born April 25, 1931 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon to Richard Monroe Johns and Arliene Cornelia Gustafson.
Geri went to school in Coburg and Eugene, Oregon and also Cottage Grove, Oregon. She attended College of the Redwoods in Crescent City. She worked in Eugene and Cottage Grove for many years in restaurants and clothing and jewelry stores. She lived in Fortuna and Alder Point prior to moving to Crescent City in 1957.
In Crescent City she worked for Victor W. Nash Jewelers, The Koffe Kup restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank, Great Western Savings and Loan and American Savings Bank. When Washington Mutual bought American Savings and Loan she decided to retire: after 50 years of serving the public.
Geri has three children, Daniel Kirk Tondi of Tehachapi, California, Tamara Shawn (Russum) Herren of Falls City, Oregon and Fredrick F. Russum of Waco, Texas. She has four grandchildren, Jeff King, Channa Herren, Karissa Tondi and Tara M. Williams (deceased). She has five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She has one sister Carolyn L. Workman (deceased), two nieces, Kathy Lusk and Julie Fox, and one nephew, Mike Workman.
She loved her Church and church family. Also her Wells Fargo (sisters) family: Sheila Restad, Sandra Babich, Maryruth Rheinschild, Christy Powell, Jay Knowlton, Blanche Claassen (deceased), Kim Lindberg, Kathy Seybold, Rena Tryon, Dee Tuggle and Pat Williams (deceased) and Best Friend and adopted daughter Susan Hutzell.
Geri enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, all kinds of needlework, yardwork, playing cards and games. Also, silk flower arranging and camping during the summers.
Geri passed peacefully on the early morning of March 5th. She wrote to her children that it was her time to go home, her heavenly father was waiting for her. She wrote that she is expected and the light is on for her. Geri was a strong, independent woman, a skilled problem solver, incredibly sharp and highly organized. She was a wonderful listener and both very loyal and trustworthy. Her visits and hugs were valued by many. She is very much loved and will be greatly missed.