Geraldine “Jerrie” Schovajsa Schuhmann

16 Oct 2010 (aged 96)
Miles, Runnels County, Texas, USA
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MILES Geraldine passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010, at Midland Memorial Hospital, having recently celebrated her 96th birthday with friends, family and a new great-granddaughter.

Born September 20, 1914, to the late George and Rosalie Schovajsa, a farming family in Miles, TX, Geraldine (later known as "Jerrie") was the youngest of 10 children. Jerrie at 96 was the last survivor of brothers, Raymond (died as an infant), John, Rudolph, Edward, William "Buck", and Albert; and sisters, Caroline (Merrell), Teresa (Garrett) and Julia (Heinze).

At age six, Jerrie started school in the one room school house of Redbank, where she attended first through sixth grades. Her grades, seven through 11 (no twelfth grade then), were enjoyed at Miles High School, where she graduated salutatorian with a class of approximately 25 students in 1931.

Jerrie attended the College of Mines and Metallurgy for one year in El Paso, TX, then returned to Miles to wed Earle C. "Dutch" Schuhmann of Rowena, in 1936. She was a housewife for many years and mother of two sons, E. Charles Schuhmann, JR. of Roanoke, TX, Frank J. Schuhmann, in Odessa, TX; and one daughter, G.A. "Jeri" Schuhmann of Seattle, WA. Her two grandchildren are E. Charles Schuhmann, III of Frisco, Tx, Sidney S. Levesque of Abilene, Tx; and one great granddaughter, Julia M. Levesque.

A graduate of San Angelo Business College in 1954, Jerrie and Dutch moved their family to Odessa, which was their home for over 55 years. She worked as the secretary and bookkeeper to the superintendant of nurses at Medical Center Hospital for 17 years, and after several years at Foreman Electric she was finally replaced by a computer in 1982.

She loved music and was a wonderful dancer, floating through the big band era, and enjoying square dance and country western at the VFW. Following retirement, Jerrie and Dutch loved sightseeing and visiting relatives while on trips to Dallas, San Antonio, the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, B.C. They were guest at the Astro Dome in Houston for baseball, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary touring the Hawaiian Islands for two weeks.

Jerrie was a contributor and active volunteer at the Permian Basin Antique Show for over 20 years. Her entries won best of show three different years, several best in division and dozens of blue ribbons.

Jerrie was a long time active member of the Depression Glass Club and the Highland United Methodist Church of Odessa. This spring marked her 75th anniversary as a member of the SPJST Lodge of Rowena, TX, where her father was on the planning board of the original lodge structure.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years in 1994. In addition to her children, Jerrie is survived by all 14 nieces and nephews, Lois Marie Gordan of San Antonio, Elizabeth Rose Cummings of Littlefield, Lacy Whitehead of Tulsa, OK., Jettye Don Miller and Calvin Schovajsa of San Angelo, Kimberly Dillion of Kennet Square, PA, Joanne Hayworth of Amherst, Edwina Patterson of Aledo, Wm "Butch" Schovajsa of Paradise, CA., Gary Schovajsa of Morton, George Schovajsa of Hatchkiss, Colorado, Larry Schovajsa of Lubbock, Warren Merrell of Kermit, and Gus Schuhmann of Atlanta, TX.

The family wishes to extend our greatest appreciation to our devoted family friend, Carolyn Meyers, Drs John Doran, Phillip R. Zeeck and Shylesh R. Ganta, as well as the care providers at Medical Center and Midland Memorial Hospitals, HealthSouth and Senior Care Centers of Midland (Legends).

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