Geraldine Gass left her mortal body on Monday, June 13th, 2022. She lived for 78 years, wife to Dennis Lawrence Gass Sr., mother to Dennis Jr. and John, and GiGi to Tyler, Alexander, and Hudson.
Geraldine was born in Brooklyn, the youngest child of fourteen to Antonio and Lucy Bianco. She met her husband Dennis at a wedding and they married in October 1972. They welcomed their son Dennis Jr. in May 1974. In March 1977 they welcomed their son John. In 1980 they left Brooklyn and moved to Stony Brook. Geraldine worked as a house cleaner, a convenience store clerk, as an administrative assistant. She kept her family clothed and fed through lean years, shielding her children from any fear, stretching a dollar to its limits, and providing 7 nights of hot food each week. She was a soccer coach and a school volunteer. Her children grew and married, and she welcomed Lauren and Jennifer into her arms. In August 2015 she lost her beloved husband Dennis Sr. She remained by his side and held him as he passed. Her grandchildren Tyler, Alexander, and Hudson were born and each was embraced with endless warmth and tenderness. Her ability to express love was limitless.
Gerry loved to cook, and always made sure she had enough for the unexpected guests who would inevitably arrive. She organized and hosted family reunions, birthday and graduation parties. She knit blankets for her grandchildren, for friends. She enjoyed personalizing gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. She watched the game show network like it was the only channel on the television. She made sure she cheered equally for the different sports teams her husband and children followed, not wanting to make one feel less important than the other.
She lived and loved selflessly. She was fierce when needed, boldly protective of her loved ones. She opened her doors to family, friends, and all who wandered in. She led her home as a sanctuary, as an oasis, as a haven for those who were not able to experience the love, care, concern, and safety that she so willingly gave. She did it so effortlessly, without a thought of whether it was deserved. She was always a phone call, a car ride, a message away.
She is the kindest person we will ever know. Forever loved…mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend. We miss you mom.