WARREN – Geraldine E. Dailey, beloved sister and aunt, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Geri was the 10th of 12 children, born Oct. 9, 1935, to Joseph W. and C. Cecilia Sloan Dailey, in Warren.
She was a graduate of St. Mary in Warren, received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Notre Dame College in Cleveland and a master’s degree in education from Kent State University.
She was a Peace Corps volunteer, serving with the first volunteer mission in Tunisia, North Africa, from 1962 to 1964. Geri taught physical education at all levels, elementary through college. She was assistant professor of PE, Recreation and Dance at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus, from 1965 to 1990, where she taught everything from archery to volleyball and expanded the physical education programs to offer more opportunities for women. She coached multiple sports teams throughout her tenure and led tennis and basketball teams to championships. Geri was an all-around athlete, an avid tennis player and a fierce competitor. She competed in and won many tennis tournaments and helped develop successful tennis programs for all ages in Ashtabula.
Geri was a lifelong, faithful Catholic and an active member of Mother of Sorrows Church, attending Mass regularly, serving as a lay leader, giving communion, assisting with various parish duties and delivering friendship, prayers and communion to shut-ins and nursing residents men.
Geri was preceded in death by her parents; by brothers, William, Regis, Joseph, Charles, Phillip and Thomas and twin brother, Fr. John; sisters, Patricia Wonders and Eileen Opalinsky; nephew, Thomas Dailey; niece, Patricia Clark; and great-nephews, Garrett Wonders and Eric Wonders.
She is survived by brothers Robert (Catherine) Dailey and R. Michael (Marbeth) Dailey; sisters-in-law, Olga (Thomas) Dailey and Delores (William) Dailey; seven nephews; 10 nieces and extended family.
A most generous, fun-loving and beloved sister, aunt, teacher, coach and friend, Geri will be missed by all.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Calling hours will be held prior to the service, from 9 to 10 am Wednesday, at the church. Inurnment will be held in All Souls Cemetery, Bazetta, following the service.
The family is in the care of Lane Funeral Home, Robets-Clark Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.