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Geraldine Tofari, 100, Montello

May 29, 2019 GMT

Geraldine “Jerry” Sophia Tofari, 100, of Montello passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Tivoli in Portage.

Jerry was born in Fairmont, Minnesota. to Jesse and Mary (Henry) Wilson on June 9, 1918. On Oct. 17, 1936, she married Theodore “Ted” Tofari in Kankakee, Illinois, and it wasn’t until 1949 that they moved to Montello. Together were blessed with four children and 76 years of marriage until Ted’s passing in 2012. Jerry and Ted farmed together and she also worked at Brakebush for many years. She enjoyed dancing, family gatherings and was also a pet lover. Jerry will be remembered for her ability to get her point across to others and her friendly demeanor.


Survivors include three children, Theodore Jr. (Janie) of South Carolina, Leabelle (Bruce) Matthews and Patricia Wincell, both of Montello, as well as daughter-in-law, Donna Tofari of Montello. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Jerry is preceded in death by her parents; husband, son, James; son-in-law, Raymond Wincell; granddaughter, Cheryl Tofari; grandsons, James Tofari Jr. and Jeff Houston; and sister, Eileen (Archie) Sheffield.

A funeral service for Geraldine Tofari will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Crawford Funeral Home in Montello. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. The Rev. Kristen Lowe will preside and burial will follow the service at the Montello City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the family for a memorial that will be established in Jerry’s name.

At the family’s request, in memory of Jerry, please wear something red to the service.

Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family. CrawfordFH.com