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Gerry Sue Zera

April 27, 1944 — August 11, 2020

Gerry Sue Zera 76 of La Salle. Passed away August 11, 2020. Gerry was born April 27, 1944, the daughter of Doris and Edward (Leonard) Coss. She married Gerald J. Zera March 25, 1964. She graduated from Hopkins High School in 1962 and moved to Chicago to attend Patricia Stevens Finishing School. Thereafter she worked as head receptionist at the Palmer House in Chicago. When she returned to the area she married and raised two sons and took on many projects including refinishing the bar that came out of the Chicago’s World Fair that Victor Anderes purchased for the Rockwell Inn. Victor also hired Gerry and Max Gorgal to paint the mural for the Red Door and also hired her and her sister in law Diane to repaint it after repairs were made to the mural wall. Gerry loved to travel and made 2 trips to Greece with Ed Tick, an international Journey guide. Her husband Jerry accompanied her on one of those trips. She spent a month in Israel on an archeological dig. She participated in many local woman’s Groups including” The Wolf Pack” a book club that studied dreams and inner healing. Gerry loved the beach and loved to walk and shell on Marco Island. Gerry is survived by her husband and her two sons Douglas (Sharon) Zera of La Salle and Christopher (Shirley) Zera of Princeton. Her granddaughter Hannah Zera, Her brother John (Brenda) Coss of Spring field and her nephews Steve Coss and Blase Zera and her brother in law Wayne Zera and sister in law Diane Zera. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother David Coss Services will be Private. Ptak Funeral has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials may directed to the Illinois Valley Animal Rescue.
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