Geraldine F Gormican
(1922 - 2009)

Geraldine F Gormican

May 5, 1922

March 25, 2009

Geraldine Frances (“Gerrie”) Gormican, age 86, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 9:09 a.m. in Coronado, California, with nurturing children present. She was born on May 5, 1922 to Michael and Minnie Iuppa in Rochester New York, and was the youngest of three girls. After attending Nazareth College in Rochester, she worked in Brooklyn, New York as a psychiatric social worker. She married Dr. Maurice J. (“Gus”) Gormican on September 12, 1945 and had a brilliant 56 years with him until his passing in 2001. Their union created ten loving children (Gregory, John, Stephen, Mary Jo, Martha, Anthony, David, James, Robert and Ann). She is survived by her ten children, twenty-six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Besides her devotion to her family, she had a range of creative interests, including drawing, painting, sculpturing, dancing, and writing. She appreciated beauty and created a stylish home and garden. She loved fashion, clothes and design and was always one of the best dressed. As a world traveler, she enjoyed experiencing various cultures and observing a variety of artistic media, as well as nature. While she was contented in artistic pursuits, she was also extremely active and social. Swimming, playing Mahjong, doing volunteer work or taking art classes were enhanced with friends participating. Her passion for life was evident. Her radiant smile and joyful laughter will always be remembered. Slap-stick comedy and ‘40s music cheered her. Most of all, she deeply loved and cherished her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, never ceasing for a moment thinking about, and profoundly caring, for all of them. To celebrate her life, a Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the Chapel from the Sea on the Naval Amphibious base in Coronado. If you do not have base access, email Steve Gormican at for instructions to get on base.


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Mom - even though it has been 10 years, I can still hear the glint in your voice when I called to say hello. I still remember your enthusiasm for life. I still feel the confidence you tried to instill in me. I still feel your presence, especially when I need you. Thank you for your ever-loving presence.
Ann Anderson (Daugther)
March 26th, 2019
Hi Mom,
It's been 6 years today. I'm not sure I ever thanked you, but thanks for having your 3rd son. It meant a lot to me. Heck, thanks for having all 10. My brothers and sisters are pretty cool. Hope you're doing well and that heaven is all that it's cracked up to be. I miss you and think about you most days. Hope to see you again.
Steve (Son)
March 25th, 2015
Happy Birthday, Mom...2010. We all miss you! Love, Annie
Ann Anderson (Daughter)
May 5th, 2010
It is with the deepest of sympathies that I write this. My family and I grew up with Aunt Gerri and Uncle Gus and the Gormican clan. I have fond memories of Christmases and summers shared that were the cornerstone of my childhood. We always laughed and played together almost merging our two families as one. I still remember the Edgemere Drive parades and silliness that our parents engaged with each other at the cottages. How much those days meant to me.
I am so sorry for your loss. I was in San Diego last summer and tried to connect with Aunt Gerri and Jimmy, not knowing that she had passed. Aunt Gerri was a wonderful person, full of life and laughter. It is an honor that I had the opportunity to share in a small part of her blessed life.
Margi Sergent
Margi Sergent (family friend)
November 9th, 2009
Gerrie and I met on the beach in Aruba, where our husbands were attending an OB/GYN convention. We were sitting next to one another soaking up the sun when we realized we were reading the same book, and started talking. This was in the early 70’s.

When I learned that she and Gus had a family of 10, I was awestruck! Gerrie was so relaxed about her family, and I soon learned that it was because she was not only a very caring woman, but also a very capable and organized one. What always amazed me were all the interests as well as talents she possessed, which she took time to pursue.

One of my fondest memories is when Don and I, as well as Gerrie and Gus were in Chicago attending another OB/GYN convention. Don and Gus went off to their lectures while Gerrie and I met for breakfast. Gus had given Gerrie ‘mad money’ to spend. She decided that she was going to become a blond that day, which she did and looked simply gorgeous. I loved the way she would “throw caution to the wind”, and just do it!!

When we learned that the Gormicans were moving to Coronado we thought we would lose contact with them, but as fate would have it we eventually moved to California, and were able to continue our unique relationship. Don and Gus always had lots to talk about as they had so much in common, while Gerrie and I were never at a loss for words. She was such an insightful woman and gave me so much wonderful advice, sharing successes and disappointments over the years as our friendship grew. Gerrie was a wonderful mentor to me.

During the ensuing years we have been privileged to meet all of the family, and have participated in several wonderful family celebrations. Don and I have always felt part of the extended Gormican clan.

Gerrie’s web site is a wonderful tribute. Our thanks once again for inviting us to celebrate Gerrie’s life with you,it was a very personal service which was her style.

Ann & Don Murphy
Ann Murphy (Friend)
April 25th, 2009
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"10 years ago today you went to heaven. We miss you and think of you every day."
Steve G
March 25th, 2019
"Happy Birthday Mom - thinking about you every day."
Steve Gormican
May 5th, 2017
"Mom, as I was typing at my computer, I saw your remembrance card with the poem Afterglow. I read it and remembered how you projected love and light. It has been fun visiting this site. Listening to your music and thinking of you. I miss you so!!"
Ann Gormican Anderson
November 18th, 2015
"Mom - thinking of you on the 5th anniversary of your passing as I do every day."
Steve Gormican
March 25th, 2014
"Happy Birthday Mom - 2013. Good news - your children are getting together for a cruise in December in your honor. Your memory is very much alive. We'll all toast to you then."
Steve Gormican
May 6th, 2013
"Great job Mary Jo. You projected an image of your mother that no one could disput. To Greg, John,Mary Jo,Tony,Martha,Steve,I think you know how I felt about both your mother and father. It was great having the Gormicans next door on Magee. Bill"
Bill ONeill
May 4th, 2009
"Martha, your mother's beautiful smile will live on with yours! I have had the good fortune to meet many of the Gormican clan and believe that she must have been a truly good mother to have such a great bunch of "kids". Carrie and Jeff"
Carrie Reder
April 14th, 2009
"To the Gormican Family!I was very sad to hear of your mothers passing. She was such a lovely lady!She always treated me just like one of the family.But she was pretty wise to be able to keep tabs on 10 children.And her LEGACY is you and your families"
Larry Sapozink
April 9th, 2009
"Martha and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. What an absolutel beautiful way to celebrate your mother's life. PS Martha-you look just like your mother! Beautiful! Karen"
Karen Esposito
April 9th, 2009
"Steve and Sue - We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Her legacy of hard work (and fun) in creating and sustaing such a loving family is one that we all hope to achieve. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
The Tolles Family
March 28th, 2009


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