NAPOLEON -- Geraldine Florence Gaede, whom the Lord blessed with 102 years and ten months of life, passed away at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at VanCrest Health Care Center.
She was born March 17, 1910, the daughter of Edward and Millie (Smith) Hull in Richfield Township, Henry County. She graduated from West Hope High School in 1929 in a class of six. On June 7, 1931, she married Franklyn Gaede in Emanuel Lutheran Church, Napoleon, who preceded her in death in February, 1981, in Orlando, Florida.
During her married life, they first farmed the family farm in Richfield Township. In 1950, they moved to Mount Dora, Florida, when her husband started a vegetable business in Zellwood. They spent their winter months farming in Zellwood and 28 years farming in Marshall, Michigan, during the summer months. After her husband's retirement, they spent their summers in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
She was a homemaker, a member of Mount Dora Women's Club, a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Eustis, Florida, its Altar Guild and Senior Group. She was currently a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Deshler. She enjoyed sewing, collecting antiques and especially traveling. Upon the death of her husband, she remained in Eustis during the winter months until failing health required her to move permanently to Napoleon.
She is survived by her daughter, Constance, and son-in-law, Orlan Wichman, Hamler. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Kevin (Dalida) Wichman of Xenia, Kelli (Keith) Kuntz of Wauseon, Kristi (Paul) Moses of New Albany, Indiana, and Keith (Jewellyn) Spring Lake, Michigan; 12 great-grandchildren, five great-stepgrandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were two brothers, Knowlton Hull and Lloyd Hull.
Funeral services will be held at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Saturday, January 19, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Thomas Smuda officiating. Viewing will be at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Forest Hill, Napoleon.
In lieu of any flowers, memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran memorial fund or VanCrest Health Care Center. The family wishes to thank Pastor Smuda for all his visits and prayers and a special thanks to the entire staff at VanCrest Health Care Center for their loving and excellent care.