Geraldine L. Burkey, of Granite City, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, Mo.
She was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Venice, the daughter of the late Truman and Dortha (Boushard) Hord. She married Chester T. Burkey on Oct. 5, 1946, in Granite City and he passed away on Jan. 4, 2012. Geraldine was a beautician with more than 60 years of dedicated service to the community. She loved her days of cooking, sewing and crocheting and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Diana Burkey of Granite City and Richard and Vickey Burkey of St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, Truman E. Hord of Granite City; four grandchildren, Aaron Burkey, Eric (Whitney) Burkey, Chris Martinez and Tony Martinez; five great- grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Landon, Peyton and Madilyn Burkey; one great-great-grandchild, Ryleigh; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Anthony Todd Burkey.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, with the Rev. Charles West officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.