Joan Marie (Hild) Gersonde
- November 16, 1928 - September 3, 2011
- Saint Joseph, Michigan
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“I am sorry for your loss. May time heal the hearts of Mrs. Gersonde's family.
1 of 20 | Posted by: Dawn Langley, R.N. - MI
“Jim, Bonnie and Gail
I am so sorry for the passing of your mother... I enjoyed knowing her through the years... I will miss seeing her at lunch...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Joanne Hendrix - Coloma, MI
“My Grandma's favorite song to sing to me. Happy Memories.
I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: James - Point Loma , CA
“Bonnie, So sorry for your loss. I lost my mom 11 years ago, but she is still very close in my heart. Take care . Let me know if there is anything...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Ruthann Broderick - St. Joseph, MI
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please accept my condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Jeanne (Conlin) Briggs - Fenton, MI
“My godmother & aunt, Joanne, was a strong, devout & loving woman who cared for her family & friends without reservation. She lived a long &...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: John R. Sittinger - Naperville, IL
“Bonnie & Gail,
Im so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
Dale and Brenda
7 of 20 | Posted by: Dale and Brenda Wright - MI
“Bonnie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
8 of 20 | Posted by: Becki Gersonde - Stevensville
“Joan was a special friend. I will miss the times we spent together sharing our love and hopes for our families. She was a special person with many...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Johns - Benton Harbor, MI
Sending our sympathy on the loss of Aunt Joan. She was a wonderful lady and we will always cherish memories of visits to St. Jo and...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Gene, Tammy, Samantha & Nick Sittinger - IL
“Mrs. Gersonde ~ Will be greatlly missed. I worked as a cna years ago with her as my nurse over my floor. What a sweet and caring peron she was. I...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Reznicek
“Joan was one of the first people I met when I relocated to Saint Joseph a little over 2 years ago. She was perhaps the nicest neighbor a person could...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Vaughn T Johnson - Saint Joseph, MI
“To Joan's Family,
I've had the pleasure of helping your Mom make her arrangements for her trips to see you in California. I will miss the spirit she...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Roni Williams - Benton Harbor, MI
“My father and my aunts and uncles always considered Joan a part of our family. I am so sorry for your loss. The Phelan family will dearly miss her.
14 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Phelan - Lansing, MI
“Every time I saw Joan she had a hug toshare and she warmed the room with her loving personality. She was always looking to find a way to help her...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Gretchen Klyczek - St Jospeh, MI
“Gail, your mom was such a joy to be around at Birthright. Her bright smile will surely be missed. She has a beautiful soul. The kids and I will...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Maria H. Houseal - St. Joseph, MI
“Aunt Joan always had time to talk to me and ask how my life was going. I remember at the yearly family parties, Aunt Joan having a huge smile on her...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Ben Hild - Sacile, Italy - Aunt
“Joan was a friend of my Moms and I would see her frequently about town. Always a smile, always time to hear a little about your life. She was a very...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Mantke-Dolezan - Ben, MI
“Joan and I had a rocky begining but developed a special relationship over the years. She used to call to talk, and sshe visited her graandsons...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Valerie Gersonde - Imperial Beach, CA
“Dear Bonnie, Jim and Gail,
Don't know if you remember me from our days on Roosevelt Rd, but I sure remember your mom. She was such a nice person...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Louise Nelson Crist - Coldwater, MI
Joan Marie (Hild) Gersonde, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2011 at St. John's Catholic Church, 600 Columbus in Benton Harbor with Fr. William Jacobs Jr. officiating. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Friends may visit from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2011 at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools Tuition Fund 915 Pleasant, St., St. Joseph or the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library 500, Market, St. Joseph. Those wishing to sign the online guestbook for Joan may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Joan was born November 16, 1928 in Benton Harbor, MI., to John & Geraldine (Schmuhl) Hild. She graduated from St. John's High School in 1946 and then graduated from Mercy School of Nursing of Xavier College in Chicago in 1950. Joan married Jack Gersonde in 1959. Joan at the age of 14 began working as a Candy Striper at Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor. She also worked for Shoreham Terrace and Jordan's Nursing Home. Joan was an active member of SS John & Bernard Catholic Church, Krasl Art Center, and Old St. Joseph Neighborhood Association. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Joan is survived by her children James Gersonde of Chula Vista, CA., Bonnie Phillips of St. Joseph, MI., and Gail Gersonde of Eau Claire, MI; five grandchildren James Gersonde Jr. of CA., Donald Gersonde of CT., Andrew Phillips of St. Joseph, Alexis Phillips of St. Joseph and Adam Essig of Eau Claire; brothers Phillip Hild Sr. of Benton Harbor, MI., and Donald (Beverly) Hild of Mariemont, OH; sister Donna Sittinger of Chicago, IL; and many nieces & nephews; Joan was preceded in death by her parents and sister Helen Jean Mayer.