Geraldine Margaret Kluge Gunn
1920 ~ 2012

Geraldine "Jerry" Gunn daughter of Evelyn and LeRoy Kluge, was born almost 92 years ago on December 1, 1920, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jerry died on November 3, 2012, in American Fork, Utah, from complications following a fall in her Highland home. Jerry married Harold "Hal" Woodrow Gunn on September 18, 1941, in Roswell, New Mexico, where Hal was in pilot training in the Army Air Corps. The union was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

As a youth Jerry loved to hike, camp and fish with her family. At South High School she was an accomplished hurdler. After graduating with honors at the age of 16, Jerry continued her education while working at a small book shop on South Main Street. She was an avid skier and golfer. She worked at the Tribune Telegram during the time Hal served as a World War II B17 pilot. This was a difficult time for her as she was notified that he was listed Missing in Action and later reported to be a Prisoner of War. At the end of the war in 1945, Hal returned home and the couple resumed their life in Salt Lake City where they were active in community affairs. Jerry was president of The Women’s Auxiliary of the Salt Lake Junior Chamber of Commerce.

In October of 1952, the couple and their five children moved to Gilford, New Hampshire, where they lived for over 25 years. During their time in New Hampshire, Jerry and Hal were instrumental in the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England Mission. The first Church meetings in the area were held in their home and Jerry held as many as 13 callings at one time. She served in every church auxiliary including the callings of New England Mission Primary and Young Women’s President. Perhaps her favorite calling was as Mission Young Women’s Camp Director. Hal and Jerry traveled thousands of miles throughout New England and Eastern Canada in the fulfillment of their callings. Beyond official callings, she devoted many hours maple sugaring and baking to help raise money for the building of the chapel of the Laconia New Hampshire Branch. In addition to her church service, Jerry spent many hours working to benefit the local schools and community. While devoting time to her family, church and volunteer organizations, she worked for her dear friends at the Arlberg Inn and The North and South Shop. She also worked as an interior designer and carpet, wallpaper and paint expert with her husband at his Sherwin Williams Store.

After Jerry and Hal had raised their children, they moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1977. Still very dedicated to Church service, they served a mission on Salt Lake City’s Temple Square and in The Independence Visitors Center where Hal was Director. She also served as an ordinance worker in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. Continuing her interest in sports, she was a member of the Singing Hills Golf Group and President of the Women’s Auxiliary at the Mick Riley Golf Course. She approached every aspect of her life with enthusiasm and excellence. Many people referred to her as an angel as she was graceful and loving in everything she did.

Her greatest love was her family. She is preceded in death by her eternal companion, Hal, her sister, Jean Chase, her brother, Robert Kluge, and her grandson, Matthew Roush. She is survived by her children: Jerrilyn (Robert) Roush, Cynthia (Michael) Cosgrave, Catherine (Ray) Webb, Debra (Roger) Williams, Hal (Susan) Gunn and Rita Roberts. She has 34 grandchildren and 120 great grandchildren and 4 great- great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held in the Highland Utah Stake Center, 5535 West 11200 North, Highland, Utah, 84003, on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Viewing’s will be held at the same location on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Interment will be on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Camp W.G. Williams Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park, off Redwood Road, on 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah, 84065, immediately following the funeral.

Her family wishes to thank the Warenski Funeral Home, Doctor Michael Cosgrave, the staffs of The America Fork Hospital and Stonehenge of American Fork and the 25th and 38th Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their loving care and assistance.

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