Gerri Lynn Pinkelman, age 54 of Wynot, Nebraska died at her residence on Saturday, July 12, 2014 due to battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, July16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Sts. Philip and James Cemetery in St. James, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Tuesday at church from 5-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Kramer, Neil Kramer, Zach Kramer, Jacob Pinkelman, Cletus Kleinschmidt, and Tom Pinkelman. Honorary pallbearers are Joyce Hans, Kathy Noecker, Karen Heimes, Debra Harms, Alice Byler, and Vicki Koch.
Gerri Lynn was born on November 6, 1959 in Crofton, Nebraska to Martin and Mildred (Arens) Kramer. She grew up in Crofton and graduated from Crofton High School in 1978. She worked for Kline's Fox Jewelry in Yankton after high school. Gerri married Eugene Joseph Pinkelman on October 6, 1984 in Constance, NE. She raised her boys and then in 1990 she worked for Wynot Public School as the Food Service Director until 2007. In 1997 and 1998 she also worked as the housekeeper for the priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In 1998 Gerri and Eugene started Crossroads Catering with their sons Vincent and Mitchell. In 2008 she also worked during the week at Walmart in Yankton as a baker and in the food department. She then transferred to the Walmart store in Vermillion and worked in the clothing department. In 2012 Gerri Lynn's health changed and prevented her from being active in the workforce.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and St. James Choir. She also served as an EME and was a CCD Teacher for 10 years at Wynot.
Gerri Lynn is survived by her husband Eugene of Wynot; two sons Vincent Pinkelman of Laurel, NE, and Mitchel Pinkelman of Yankton, SD; eight brothers and sisters Gary Kramer of Bloomfield, NE, Mary Lou and John Addison of Newcastle, NE, LaDonna and Tom Kuchta of Crofton, NE, RoseAnn and Keith Newman of Lawton, IA, Francis and Deb Kramer of Yankton, SD, Randy and Sandi Kramer of Yankton, SD, John and Sue Kramer of Hartington, NE, Marty and Bonnie Kramer of Hartington, NE; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Mildred Kramer; brother Norman Kramer.
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Thoughts and prayers are most certainly with the family of Geri Lynn Pinkelman. She was the most wonderful school lunch lady I ever knew. Every morning, through the halls of Wynot Elementary School, you could smell the fresh baked bread, and you knew she was working her special brand of magic in the kitchen. She always had a smile and kind words for the students and staff...and she always had a little blush every time I told her she had nice buns. I guess that means that there will be nice buns in Heaven now. :)
May God hold you all in His loving embrace and bring you comfort in your sorrow.
She was so nice to me...always. I loved her sense of humor, smile and incredible work ethic. There isn't enough words to describe what a wonderful person she was.. May all of her family have peace in this time of sorrow.. God Bless you all. And Gerri I'm sure heaven's door was wide open to you!
Riverfront Event Center Curt and Cena Bernard
Thoughts and prayers are with your family of Gerri Lynn. She was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her as being the best lunch lady that Wynot Public School ever had. She always was there to welcome you with a smile and will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Gerri was a very awesome woman. She always greeted everyone with her beautiful smile. Her heart was made of gold. The good lord will hold her forever in his arms and she will always be smiling down at all of us. Hold on to all the wonderful memories. She will never be forgotten.
So sorry to hear of your sisters passing may the Lord hold you in his comforting arms during this trying time.
Dan & Louise Mauch
Gerri Lynn was a very caring and gentle woman who I am grateful to have called my aunt. Her family and friends have been very blessed to have had her in their lives. I had the joy of working with her as she and Uncle Eugene, Vince and Mitch catered at events. She was a very hard worker who I look up to. She is one of our angels now.
Please accept our thoughts and prayers at this time of grieving the loss of your dear wife, mother and sister. We are so sorry to learn of Gerri's bout with cancer and her death at such a young age. What a blessing to see the gift of being able to work in a family business side by side all those years. Thinking of you in the days and weeks to come.
Rob & Brenda Miller Family
Gerri Lynn and I worked together at the Vermillion Walmart and she shared so many great qualities of leadership. She was kind and funny and had a great heart for people. I know for a fact she also loved the Lord as I do. My dear friend I'll not say goodbye but see you soon sometime.
Juliua A. Iverson
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