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Geraldine Marie Cruikshank

December 1, 2008

Geraldine Marie Cruikshank closed her eyes on this world and opened them to the light of heaven after a lengthy illness on Monday, December 1, 2008. Geraldine, known to those who love her as “Geri” and to her children as “Mitherkins,” sadly lost her battle with vasculitis and complications after hospitalization since August.

A lifelong resident of Wilkes-Barre, Geraldine, a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School, Class of 1952, was a beloved daughter of the late Alexander and Anna (Gaus) Slabinski.

Geri always loved music and dance, and met the love of her life as a teenager while farmer dancing. She enjoyed fishing at the family cabin, gardening, antiquing, yard sales, crafts, doll collecting and eBay.

Geri was never intimidated by technology and frequently enjoyed surfing the Web. She always embraced the need for fun and creativity, and encouraged her children to explore new and exciting opportunities.

She was a talented seamstress and was an employee of Leslie Fay. Her greatest love of all was her family. With Phil, her husband of 54 years, she shared a precious love that is nearly impossible to come by these days. Through thick and thin, they stood by each other’s side.

She was preceded in death by sisters Elizabeth “Libby” Stevens and Arlene Truskowski; granddaughter Colleen S. Cruikshank; cherished kitty Dottie.

Geri leaves behind what she often called her most precious treasure, her husband, Phil; and her six children, daughters Cindy Cruikshank, Hanover Township; Lorina Fauber and her husband, Fritz, Wilkes-Barre; sons Phil and his wife, Mary, Dallas; Jay and his wife, Lisa, Hanover Township; Terry and his wife Cathy, Olyphant; David and his wife, Asia, Plymouth; her grandchildren will be saddened to grow up without her joy, warm smile and embrace; she also leaves behind the family dog, Chester; her precious sister, Marie Drzal; and daughter Alexis, Philadelphia; brother William Slabinski, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was more than a mother to her kids, she was the best friend they could always rely on for anything. The entire family will always know that they meant the world to her, and that she will be watching over every one of them forever.

The family would like to thank the nurses, aides and therapists and doctors who cared for Geri in her stays at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, Mercy Special Care Hospital, Sheatown, and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. A special heart-felt thanks goes out to the amazing team of nurses, aides, therapists and doctors who cared for Geri in her final stay at Kindred Hospital Wyoming Valley. The incredible team made sure every need was met and treated Geri and her family like members of their own.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Geri on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 North Main Street, Ashley, with Rev. Carol E. Coleman officiating.

Friends may call on Monday, from 7 p.m. until time of service. Private internment will be held at a later date.

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