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Geraldine (Gerry) Marie Bedrin, 76, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 12, 2021. 257 days ago Gerry was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer. She fought everyday until the very end, succumbing to stage 4 terminal metastatic disease.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on December 20, 1944, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Stefania Stella Yankowski Stavish. Gerry was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School, Class of 1962. She continued her education graduating from College of Misericordia, Dallas, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Class of 1966. Gerry began her career at Graham Park Junior High, Triangle, VA where she taught for 10 years. During this time she enjoyed traveling the country, photography and cross country skiing. Gerry gave birth to her son Matthew Georgory, November 14, 1975. Shortly after, Gerry and Matthew’s father, George, made the decision to move from the city to a small town onto a 14-acre farm in Moretown, Vermont. On November 28, 1977, she gave birth to her daughter, Stephanie Julia. Gerry spent 20 years teaching middle school social studies at Harwood Union, Moretown, VT. While working and raising her children, she managed a small farm and coached the middle school cross-country ski team. Gerry’s love of teaching led her to pursue her Master in Education Degree, University of Vermont. Gerry touched so many lives both in and out of the classroom. Her love of teaching inspired countless students throughout the course of her career. In 1997 Gerry retired from Vermont education and relocated to Moreland, Georgia where she returned to teaching middle school for another 15 years. Gerry continued traveling, cooking and entertaining with those she loved. Gerry retired from teaching for the second time and decided to fulfill a lifetime dream of living by the ocean and moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her partner, Doris Bryant.
Gerry’s love of the ocean was just one of many passions. She loved snow skiing, photography, trivia, cooking and her 4 grandchildren. She always loved animals, owning many beloved pets both domestic and farm life, including Molly, Sadie, Amos, Milo and Max. Gerry’s smile was always radiant and would light up any room with her love of family and friends.
Gerry was preceded in death by the following siblings and their spouses, Jeanne and Stanley Honnis; Stanley and Mary Stavish; Leona and Michael Kerchanin; Florence and William Verburg; Leo Stavish; Lawrence Stavish; Joseph Wozniak; Richard and Barbara Stavish; Peter Pilch. She is survived by her children Mathew G. Bedrin (Portland, Oregon) and Stephanie J. Wilson (Sharpsburg, Georgia). In addition her son-in-law Brian M. Wilson; grandchildren, Olivia (10), Gabriel (8), Benjamin (5) and Elijah (3); sisters Dolores Wozniak, Dolores Stavish, Marie Pilch and brother Edward Stavish; along with many many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. And her beloved dogs, Janie and Rose.
The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff of Compassus Hospice, Inc. for the grace and kindness they provided in caring for Gerry in her final days at home. Gerry was blessed with “amazing family”, “devoted friends” and “wonderful neighbors” who continuously checked in, provided love and support throughout her lifetime. Gerry was thought of as family by many, especially her best friend Beth Green. The family will take some time to process and grieve the sudden loss of their beloved Gerry.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later time. In memory of Gerry the family wishes that a donation be made in her memory to Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C., www.oceanconservancy.org.
“I have had a lifelong love of the ocean. Going to the beach has brought me peace, no matter how turbulent the waves of my life have been.” ~Gerry Bedrin (12/16/2020)
The Bedrin family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.