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Geraldine "Gerry" Corn
January 24, 1922 - January 21, 2018


Geraldine (“Gerry”) C. Corn, 95, passed away on, January 21, 2018, at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD.  She was born on January 24, 1922 in West Point, IA to Bernard (Barney) Lohman and Margaret Koepping Lohman.

Geraldine grew up in West Point, IA, one of nine brothers and sisters.  She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in West Point in 1940.  After high school she attended The DePaul School of Nursing, in St. Louis, MO, where she received a degree in registered nursing.   After completing school, she enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944.   During the war she was stationed at Mare Island Naval Hospital near San Francisco, CA, and later at a hospital in Inyokern, CA,near Los Angeles.   While caring for the sick and wounded sailors returning from the Pacific theater of war, Gerry was one of the first nurses ever to administer the (then) wonder drug known as penicillin.  

Geraldine married Heber S. Corn in 1946 in San Francisco, CA.  They were happily married for 32 years and lived most of their married life in Columbus, OH.   In addition to raising her three daughters, Gerryenjoyed many activities including singing in the church choir, golf, travel, and playing cards, especially Euchre and Bridge.  After Heber retired they moved to CapeCoral, FL in 1978.  When Heber died, Gerry moved to Ft. Myers, near Cape Coral, where she lived until finally relocating to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD, in February, 2003 (she arrived in Gaithersburg in a blinding snow storm and almost turned around and went back to Florida!). 

Geraldine is survived by her three daughters:  M. Lynne Corn of Falls Church, VA; Barbara Corn Pratzner of Columbus, OH; and Patricia Corn Burnheimer of Dublin, OH.  She is also survived bysiblings: Monica Mathena of Nixa, MO; Mary Catherine Scolaro of Chicago, IL; and Urban Lohman of Dallas, TX; three grandchildren:  Stephanie PratznerMorera (Jorge), Andrew J. Burnheimer (Jennifer), and Eric C. Burnheimer (Elizabeth Glasgow) and two great grandchildren:  Riley E. Burnheimer and Kaley A. Burnheimer; 31 nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband Heber S. Corn, parents Barney and Margaret Lohman, siblings Elizabeth (Betty) Lohman Fedler, Gertrude (Sister Jeanice) Lohman, Margaret Lohman Mitchell, Bernard Lohman, and Jeanice Lohman Sanders.

A Catholic Mass will be held at the Kindley Building, 333 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD in the first floor Common Room, Friday, January 26, at 1:30 p.m.  The family will be greeting friends and relatives immediately after the Mass in the fifth floor reception area where refreshments will be served.  Burial will beat St. Joseph Cemetery, 6440 High St., Lockbourne, OH  43137, at a date and time to be determined.   Condolences may be sent to Rapp Funeral Home, 933 Gist Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 90210.

Gerry loved flowers and if you wish to do a floral memorial for the service we suggest using Masons Flowers in Gaithersburg, MD; phone 301-208-8500; website:  masonsflowers.net.  In lieu of flowers, however, the family requests memorial donations be made to either of two organizations:  The Nature Conservancy whose mission is “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends”, and the Fisher House Foundation whose mission is to provide free lodging for military families who want to be near their wounded loved one during treatment in the hospital. Donations to the Nature Conservancy may be made through their website at Nature.org. and to the Fisher House Foundation through their website at fisherhouse.org.   Condolences may also be left on Geraldine’s online guest book at, http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/GerryCorn/Homepage.aspx which has more information about memorial donations to these organizations.

 

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