Geraldine Heimark, 90, formerly of Clarkfield, died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Elim Care Center in Milaca.. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Granite Falls, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held one hour before services at the church.
Geraldine Vivian Heimark was born in Echo, on May 21, 1927 to Alfred and Gertrude (Propp) Bode. She grew up in the Echo area and was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township. Geri attended Echo High School and later went on to study nursing at Northwestern Nursing Program. She worked at the Clarkfield Hospital as a surgical nurse and hospital administrator.
On October 1, 1955 Geri was united in marriage to Robert Heimark at Zion Lutheran Church in Tyro Township. They would have three children together, Ruth, Randal, and Roberta. Geri retired from nursing in 1960 after Ruth was born, raising a family and helping with the farm. The family made their home in Clarkfield, Alaska, England, Arkansas, & Montevideo. Upon retirement Geri and Robert would travel and spend time visiting family and friends.
Robert died in 2007 and Geri would move to Zimmerman, and then Milaca. Geri was a member of Bergen Church where she sang in the choir and was a member of the church Circle. She was also active in the Women’s Auxiliary and Sons of Norway. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting, knitting, sewing and traveling.
Geri is survived by her children: Ruth (Brian) Akre of Hillman, and Randal (Colleen Gardiner) Heimark Hayden, ID; four grandchildren: Grant Akre, Zimmerman, Jason Akre, Zimmerman, Alyssa (Akre) Johnson, Zimmerman and Jayme Akre, Montevideo; seven great grandchildren; sisters: Mary Olson, Detroit Lakes, and Dorothy Ims, Granite Falls; as well as other extended relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert after 51 years of marriage; daughter: Roberta Heimark; her parents: Gertrude and Alfred Bode; and siblings: Al Bode and Shirley Timm. Memorials in honor of Geri can be directed to Bergen Lutheran Church or Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in honor of her beloved grandson, Grant Akre. www.parentprojectmd. org/geriheimark Arrangements by J. H. Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.