LOCKE (Sipsma), Gerri S.
Of Phoenix, AZ
Died August 28, 2003. Gerri was born May 12, 1936 and raised in Pontiac, MI. A longtime member of the Kalamazoo community, Gerri earned degrees from KVCC and Western, and worked as a realtor and member of GKAR for 22 years. Amazingly active in her advocacy for the underprivileged, she gave of herself in volunteer work for Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, Housing Resources, Inc., Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Ministry with Community, and Kiwanis. She was preceded into death by John Russell and Gertrude Locke, her parents, and Russell Lash, her nephew. She is survived by her children, Linda (Dave) Knapper of Phoenix, Brenda (Frank) Middleton Tiefenthal of Kalamazoo, Amy (Dave) Lambert of Phoenix, and Christopher Sipsma, of Kalamazoo; her grandchildren, Joshua and Michele Compton, Jason Tiefenthal of Kalamazoo, Corey, Jesse and Kelly Knapper of Phoenix; her sister, Lavona Lash and niece, Lisa (Richard) Layman, both of Alpena. Memorial celebrations will be held at Unity of Kalamazoo, 910 West Main at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2003, and at Unity in Phoenix at 10 a.m. on September 13. Memorial contributions may be directed to HRI Family Shelter, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or American Cancer Society/Breast Cancer Awareness.
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 8/31/2003. (Posted by a volunteer-no family connection)