Geraldine Schilla

October 8, 1930 — April 13, 2021

Geraldine Schilla

Funeral Services for Geraldine (Gerry) Schilla, 90, will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 7, 2021 at Stevenson Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Natwick officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., CT. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Geraldine (Gerry) Schilla, 90, passed away on April 13, 2021 at Brookdale Mariana Butte, Loveland, Colorado from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Geraldine lived most of her life in Stark County, North Dakota. She was born on October 8, 1930, with her twin brother, Norman, in Richardton, the children of Jasper and Frances (Breckon) Jesperson. She grew up with her siblings on her parents’ farm south of Taylor. Her first three elementary years were in a country school and then she went to Taylor High School where she graduated with the class of 1948.

Gerry graduated from Dickinson State Teachers College with a teaching degree and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She taught elementary school in Wilton, ND, and in Glen Ullin, ND.

On June 21, 1957 Gerry married Lawrence Schilla at Taylor Lutheran Church (it rained four inches and flooded the church basement). Following their honeymoon, they settled in Dickinson. They were blessed with three children, Kevin, Karen and Karleen.

Besides being a homemaker, she was active in church affairs at St. John Lutheran Church, where she was on the church council, participated in Women’s Circle and led committees coordinating weddings and special events.

When Lawrence retired, they traveled to Europe (where she enjoyed meeting her second cousin Mogen Jespersen). Gerry was an avid bridge player and enjoyed other card games. In her spare time, she also enjoyed traveling and doing needlepoint. She will be dearly missed.

Gerry is survived by her son, Kevin Schilla of Orefield, PA; daughters, Karen Schilla of Kettering, OH, Karleen Bishop of Loveland, CO; ten grandchildren; and her twin brother, Norman Jesperson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence; parents, Jasper and Frances Jesperson; sisters, Ethel Jesperson and Mavis Berger; brothers, William and Leland Jesperson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/) or the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Trust Fund (https://stjohnelc.org/give/trust-fund).
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