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Geralyn Thicke

October 16, 1953 - December 23, 2018

Geralyn Thicke Geralyn "Geri" Ann Thicke
Geralyn "Geri" Ann Thicke, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, at La Crosse Mayo Clinic Health System.
Geri was born Oct. 16, 1953, to William and Irma (Langen) Thicke of La Crescent, Minn.
Geri lived most of her adult life in Caledonia, Minn., where she worked at ABC Works, Woodland Industries and community businesses. She lived independently, under the care and supervision of ICAN LLC.
Geri enjoyed music (she played piano, trumpet, harmonica and guitar), bowling, spending time with family and friends, playing games and traveling. She participated in the Special Olympics and ARC events at Camp Winnebago.
Because of Geri, her mother, Irma, was one of several people instrumental in creating the Day Activity Center in Caledonia.
Geri was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Joseph Thicke; sister, Rose Mary Nelson; and nephew, Dan Thicke and his wife, Wendy. She is survived by her siblings, Paul (Mary) Thicke, Dorothy (Arnie) Schmitz, Leon (Helen) Thicke, Arthur (Jean) Thicke, Francis (Susan) Thicke, and Roger (Susan) Thicke; brother-in-law, Mike Nelson; and her nieces and nephews, Steve Thicke (Tracy Swenson), Cheryl (Donny) Remm, Kevin (Anne) Thicke, Dean (Shelley) Nelson, Kurt (Amy) Nelson, Aaron (Krissy) Schmitz, Jeff (Jen) Schmitz and Tina (Andy) Speltz; and 15 great-nieces and nephews.
A celebration of "what a great life Geri had," will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Elsie's, 226 E. Main St. in Caledonia. Memorial contributions on Geri's behalf can be made to ICAN LLC, 139 Kingston St., Caledonia, MN 55921. Online condolences may be submitted at
Published on January 1, 2019
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Danielle Burg
Jan 06, 2019
Ok folks... this is a long memory!

I remember when GT moved to Caledonia., Circa 1988? She was not pleased!! Leaving home and ANY changes were always difficult for her. That’s with everyone tho.
I can imagine that it was harder on her parents than her. I’ve seen pictures of Geri as a young girl, who couldn’t help but love her?? Can someone share one?
It didn’t take tooooo long :-) before she got in the groove of living independently. She lived in a house Houston Cty Group home rented from Steve n Kathy Nelson across from the laundromat, where now stands a townhouse. She lived with Carol Demorest. I remember well working with those two! It was much fun and I was getting paid to he
...lp her adjust. And that she did!! She went on to move into another home on the corner of Grove n Winnebago Sts that Wade Welper owned. I remember how good she was at Cooking , gardening , sewing, crocheting, mowing the lawn, and any n everything that her folks and family taught her to do.
Geri knew how to do it best and by God you better not tell her another way!! :-)
I had the extreme pleasure, taking her on many vacations thru ICAN Travel. I will be bringing the photo albums from the trips to her Great Life Celebration!

Geri moved into her very own apartment at Whispering Pines with the help of Roger (her guardian), her sister in law Susan and ICAN.. Independent Living Assist if Needed in Caledonia. (Sorry year escapades me! 👵🏻) Some people thought she needed to be in a house with more staff and a roommate. Well Geri proved them wrong. She excelled with more independence!!

Geri was one of the hardest workers I have ever known. To get her to stay home when sick was like pulling teeth! She would become upset and say they needed her there! I do believe that!!

We all could use a little more Geri in our lives.

My life is so much fuller becuz if her!

Never under estimate the power of a pure soul. That was Geri to me!

I will miss her so much...I doubt she would say the same thing about me!

Once I took her to Hawaii and she swam with the dolphins. The instructor said: “Mom do u want to take pictures??” Geri with a big frown n face of disgust said very clearly.... SHES NOT MY MOTHER!!
That is one memory I will never forget!! Of course, no one could compare to Irma!!

Thank U Roger and family for allowing me to work and become friends with Geri!! 💕💕
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