Beloved mother of four, grandmother of 10, Geraldine “Gerry” S. Hirshland passed peacefully on Saturday May 6th in Concord, Massachusetts surrounded by her loving family at the age of 93.
She was previously a long-time resident of suburban Philadelphia, active in the community and a prolific painter and lover of art; one of her paintings was accepted to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Following the retirement of Sam, her husband of over 40 years, the two moved to Chestertown Maryland to follow their love of sailing and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She loved her time in Chestertown and was on the board of Chester River Yacht and Country Club, active with Washington College and the Sultana Education Foundation.
Following many wonderful years in Chestertown, Gerry moved to Lincoln, Massachusetts to be near several sons and grandchildren. She continued her painting and love of life helping launch the art program at her new home, The Commons in Lincoln.
Gerry will be remembered by all for her kindness, radiant smile, exuberantly positive spirit, and for opening up her heart and home, in times of tragedy, in celebration, or just because “it was five o’clock somewhere.”
Her favorite quote was “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain,” and would want us all to dance in her memory.
In addition to her marriage with the love of her life Sam, Gerry also had two other loving marriages. She was first married to Richard Krauss in 1953 until his untimely death from Cancer in 1960; and after Sam’s death in 2001, Gerry married Allan Malcolm, who passed in 2010. As befitting of her cheerful outlook on life, Gerry did not dwell on the fact that she was three times a widow, instead saying “I was blessed with the love of three men and for that I am lucky.”
Gerry is survived by her four sons, Bob, Roy, Larry and Mike, and grandchildren Gregory, Sammy, Henry, Maggie, Jack, Oliver, Hailey, Lucy, Jamie and Sam, and daughters-in-law Christine, Rasa and Tina.
Gerry will be laid to rest during a private burial service on Friday, May 12.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Gerry’s name to The Sultana Education Foundation:
In Memory of Geraldine S. Hirshland
Sultana Education Foundation
200 S. Cross St.
P.O. Box 524
Chestertown, MD 21620
The Sultana Education Foundation provides hands-on educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay’s historic cultural, and environmental resources by helping students of all ages gain an appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay and the environment.
Arrangements are entrusted to Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a memory or to offer a condolence in her online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com.