Geraldine M. Doerr, 94

Geraldine Margaret (Horan) Doerr, age 94, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Bayside and Naples, Fla. passed quietly away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at her beloved home – the Little Red House in the Woods – Town of Nasewaupee, Door County.

She was born Nov. 9, 1916 in Sedalia, Missouri the daughter of the late Charles Francis and May Nora (Bennett) Horan. Following high school she attended secretarial school and became employed at Baldor Electric, St. Louis.

On Feb. 7, 1942 she married Edwin Frederick Doerr in St. Louis.

Following Ed’s service in the Army in World War II in Washington D.C. and the Philippines, they resided in St. Louis. They later moved to Cedarburg and Ed joined his brothers Lee and Emmett Doerr in the leadership of Doerr Electric. The business was sold in 1969 to W.W. Grainger and later Emerson Electric. Ed and Gerry enjoyed many years of retirement together. Ed passed away Jan. 27, 1988 in Milwaukee.

Gerry was an avid gardener, and after she and Ed began to summer in Door County in 1958, she created beautiful garden landscapes along the cliffs of Green Bay surrounding their home.

Survivors include her four children, David (Marilyn) Doerr of Fish Creek and Naples, Fla.; Edwin Jr. (Patty) Doerr of town of Trenton; Barbara Doerr of Grafton; and Michael (Bobbi Gulke) Doerr of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren Kelly Carroll, David Doerr, Laura Juhausz, Jennifer Doerr Kuhn, Patrick Doerr, Lydia Doerr and 10 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother William Horan and sister Theresa Kierath, both of St. Louis and by sisters-in-law Gerri (Lee) Doerr of Mequon and Elizabeth Doerr Moye of Cedarburg, and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Preceding her in death were her husband and also her parents, sisters Katherine Jirauch and Anne Juergens, and her brother Frank Horan – all of Missouri.

A Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Carl Schmitt and Fr. Anthony Birdsal of Door County, and Fr. Fred Zagone, S.J. of Marquette University presiding. Burial was Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at Resurrection Cemetery, Mequon.

The family wishes to recognize and extend special thanks to her caregiver, Baigalmaa (Soli) Twerendash for her friendship and kind care of our mother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to St. John Bosco Catholic School Endowment Fund in Sturgeon Bay or the charity of your choice.

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