Geraldine Levis

Date of Death: 
May 30, 2019

Geraldine Levis, devoted daughter, loving, protective sister and aunt and friend to so many passed away in her home on Thursday, May 30th. Geri will forever be remembered by those closest to her as a selfless, caring, fun-loving person who was always willing to put the needs and wants of her family and friends above her own. Geri was born in Tacony in 1941 to Margaret and Lawrence Levis as the oldest of their three children. After Lawrence was killed in World War II, Geri met the man she would come to know as and call her “dad” when her mother began dating and eventually married John Catalano. Their home became set with the addition of two more children from Margaret and John, four cousins who lost their parents in a car accident and Margaret’s father. The 12 of them lived in a twin house one block up from Frankford High School, where they all lovingly shared good times and bad with Geri as the supportive and protective oldest sister. It was while growing up there that she met her lifelong and closest friends that she came to know as her sorority sisters. Geri graduated from Little Flower High School in 1958 and went on to work in various administrative roles before eventually becoming the Director of Admissions at Harbor View Assisted Living Facility in the 1990s. A natural people person, she continued to work until the last year of her life, fittingly as a receptionist and greeter at Rivers Edge Nursing Center. Her favorite job, however, was that of aunt to her seven nephews. Geri loved being an aunt and eventually a great aunt. She was never without a big hug, a word of encouragement or a wink of pride. She is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Geri was preceded in death by her parents along with her brothers Tommy and Charlie. She is survived by her brother Larry, sister Mary, sisters-in-law Ginny Brady and Debbie Catalano, and nephews Bob and David Glenn, T.J. Levis and Jack, Chuck, Joe and Mike Catalano. Family and friends are invited to pay last respects at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 8100 Colfax St. in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 5th beginning at 9 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to follow at 10am. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that contributions be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center or Holy Redeemer Home Care and Hospice.

Memories and Condolences

Geri was Mrs. Santa Claus. She use to come over either very late Christmas Eve or early in the morning with a big bag of toys for all the children. She loved going out for breakfast especially when we had a blizzard or a bad storm when everyone else was home. I hope they slot machines up there. She is now surrounded with all the people she loved. Rest in peace.

My sister Geri was a huge part of my life. I will miss her every day. I saw her suffer and know that she is in peace comforted by my mom and dad's hugs. She missed her brothers and is with them now, all three in peace. Love you Ger Ger!

I've worked with Geri for many, many years at Rivers Edge and she truly brightened up the lobby as she was the first one you saw. Always had a smile and something silly to say. And she was always praying for me. We were like Abbott and Costello. She will be missed by the staff, residents and their families, delivery and ambulance drivers. The Edge is not the same without our Geri. We love and miss her very much.

Geri we will miss you. You lived your life well, to the fullest and with everyone else’s needs in mind. You are the best. Say hi to all our family members that have gone before us and are waiting with open arms for you.

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