Geraldine Naomi Ebbert

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 4:00 am

Geraldine Naomi (Bendig) Ebbert died peacefully in her sleep Friday, June 14, 2013, at Capitol Health Stroke Center following complications from multiple strokes.

Born March 28, 1942, in Philadelphia, to Gerald and Elvera Bendig, she lived in Kensington until her early teens. After moving to the suburbs of Croydon, she attended Delhaas High in Bristol, where she graduated with Honors.

Plans for college and career were put on hold when she met the love of her life at Brodbeck's corner store. She married Edwin Gregory Ebbert in her youth and raised a large family. Though a tumultuous relationship they stayed married until 'Greg's' passing in 1995, he waited until his second to last breath for Gerri to reach the hospital before letting go.

Gerri had a tough life raising seven children basically alone. She worked as a customer service rep for SEARS, manager of Keystone Gardens Apartments, and later a more meaningful role as the Community Director of the Levittown Red Cross Homeless Shelter.

Although not financially well off, Gerri's wealth lay elsewhere. Extremely kind-hearted she took in every stray cat, dog, and person needing food, shelter, love, or refuge. Crafty beyond words, her penchant for creating something out of nothing was extraordinary. She loved to read, watch old movies, and listen to musicals. Despite being a woman of magic and charm, her one flaw was being born with a black thumb. She never gave up hope, trying to nurse plants with her Magic Glow Lite, but alas, even plastic plants met their demise in her care. Thankfully, Gerri was much better with people and is survived by six of her seven children, Anne, Jeff, Ken, Vera, Mike, and Mark. Her daughter, Sharon passed away in 2011. She was warmly known as 'Nanny' to her grandchildren: Kenny, Ashley, George, Corey, Justina, Samantha, Brandee, Jullian, Angela, Hope, Kyle, Josh, and Austin; Great Nanny to Noah, Jackson, Madison, and Liam. Her terrific Aunt, Naomi Brown, knew her more as a sister and friend.

One of a kind, she will live forever in our hearts, but will be overwhelmingly and sadly missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends will be joining together at Faust Funeral Home, 902 Bellevue Ave., Hulmeville, for a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and a funeral service Wednesday at 2 p.m. Following the funeral, Gerri will be buried with her husband and parents in Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Red Cross Shelter in 'Miss Gerri's' Honor. Faust Funeral Home,