Geraldine S. ‘Jeri’ Gore, 85

Geraldine S. "Jeri" Gore, 85, of East James Drive, Port Washington, died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee Campus in Mequon, where she had been for the past few days.

She was born in Milwaukee on March 17, 1925, to Joseph and Margaret Cobs Schmitt. After growing up in Bay View,  she graduated from Bay View High School. On Sept. 9, 1944, she married Donald W. Gore, also of Bay View, in San Diego. For many years, they lived in Milwaukee, River Hills and Mequon. In 1986, they moved to Port Washington. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2004.

She worked for the former Wisconsin Bell (AT&T) for almost 18 years as a communication service adviser, retiring in 1981.  Over the years she had been quite active in Junior Achievement and the Port Washington Woman’s Club, amongst others.

She will be remembered for her kind, friendly persona, always there to brighten one’s day.

She is survived by her five sons, Spencer (Janice) Gore of Mequon, Gregory (Diane) Gore of Greenfield, Scott Gore of Grafton, Bryan Gore of the town of Grafton and Stephen "Steve" Gore of Port Washington; further survived by nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1800 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington. The Rev. Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. A visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials to the American Heart Association, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee Campus in Mequon or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are appreciated.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee, Mequon for the years of exceptional and compassionate care.

Information and condolences are available online at or by calling 284-4431. Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family.