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Lorraine Gerhart

Died: January 9, 2019

Lorraine “Larri” E. Gerhart, 90, of Savoy (formerly of Urbana), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
Larri was born the daughter of Elmer George and Lillian Marie (Coffee) Holleman on April 16, 1928, in Sadorus, Illinois. She was married to Hershel Joh…read more

Lorraine “Larri” E. Gerhart, 90, of Savoy (formerly of Urbana), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
Larri was born the daughter of Elmer George and Lillian Marie (Coffee) Holleman on April 16, 1928, in Sadorus, Illinois. She was married to Hershel John Gerhart for many years. He preceded her in death in 1977. She was also preceded in death by her parents, step-mother Mildred Holleman, sister Marilyn Boastick, and son Michael John Gerhart.
Larri is survived by her daughters Margy (Dave) Palmisano, Urbana, and Michelle (Milt) Hanson, Chillicothe (formerly of Pontiac), and by her son Mark (Joan) Gerhart, Rantoul.
Lovingly called Memo by all of them, she is survived by 14 grandchildren: Rachel Palmisano, Jennifer (Keithon) Flintroy, Matthew Palmisano, Ben Fox, Shane (Katie) Hanson, Seth (Kristen) Hanson, Josiah (Meta) Hanson, Philip (Stephanie) Hanson, Nick (Carly) Irvin, Rebekah Hanson-Chong, Hannah Hanson, Justin (Stephanie) Gerhart, Laura Gerhart, Sean (Darcy) Gerhart, and 23 great grandchildren.
Also surviving are her sisters Beverly (Howard) Schweighart and Debbie (John) Palmisano and her brother Terry (Susan) Holleman, and many nieces and nephews.
Larri worked her entire adult life, beginning at age 20 and retiring at age 86. Her career began at the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette. Through the years she worked in various jobs, with the majority at Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund. As a highly-respected and sought-after title searcher, upon retirement she began her own business at the urging of attorneys who were missing her as a title searcher. They greatly valued her work. Into her 80’s, Larri could be found driving all around the state of Illinois searching for titles. Larri’s work ethic was not only an inspiration to her family but also to many in the community, particularly women who saw her as a trailblazer.
A military wife for more than 20 years, Larri volunteered and held leadership roles with the American Legion Auxiliary & 106th Reunion Group. Larri served as election judge for years. Through these involvements, Larri demonstrated her steadfast commitment to veterans and her belief that everyone should participate in the political process. Larri’s passion and drive inspired those she served and served with.
To those who loved her, Larri was known as adventurous, determined, sassy, stylish, fun-loving, and not afraid to try new things. She demonstrated each of these qualities throughout her long life. She was one of the first in the family to join Facebook as well as to learn how to use a computer. She loved to camp, travel, dance, go to concerts, and enjoy sports with family and friends. A strong, feisty woman, Larri will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Please join us in celebrating Larri’s life on Sunday, January 13, 2019, with a Prayer Service 1:30-2:00 p.m. followed by Visitation from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Funeral Mass will be on Monday, January 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 708 West Main Street, Urbana, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana. Luncheon will follow at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center and the staff at the Villas of Holly Brook for their compassionate care of Larri the last few months of her life. Memorials may be made to American Legion Auxiliary, Post 71, 107 N. Broadway, Urbana, IL 61801.
Online condolences can be shared with her family at www.morganmemorialhome.com

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