Geraldine Genthner Tuttle passed away peacefully on January 21st, 2020 with her girls by her side. Born the middle child of 5, to John and Caro Genthner of Alna/Topsham, Maine on September 15th, 1935. She was known by many names in her life Gerry, Mom, Mrs. Tuttle, Gram and Grammie. Growing up, Gerry could be found around the farm helping daddy or enjoying time at the family cottage.
She met the love of your life Edward James Tuttle of Parma, Ohio, while he was stationed at the Brunswick Naval air station in 1955. Married two year later, their union was full of adventures to Spain, motorcycling trips and many family outings. They had two daughters Sherri Lee and Rebecca Eileen.
During high school, Gerry worked as a bookkeeper at Woolworths on Main Street in Brunswick. After graduating from Brunswick High School in 1954, Gerry became an X-Ray technician at the Lewiston Hospital (CMMC) and enjoyed working with and helping many people. She also drove school bus in the town of Yarmouth for 27 years, known as Mrs. Tuttle by students and colleges for years after retirement. She always enjoyed seeing students years later and reminiscing with them.
Gerry became a grandmother in 1989 to her granddaughter Chelsey Nicole and a great-grandmother in 2012 and 2014, to Theodore Edward and Benjamin Michael. Gerry had a twinkle in her eye for her great-grandsons - she often said they kept her young, made her laugh and their smiles reminded her of her late husband.
She enjoyed sewing and working on any number of craft or household projects. She enjoyed numerous motorcycle trips with her husband and friends. She passed on her love of camping and family time to her daughters and granddaughter. They could often be found at Little Field Beaches Campground. She was always busy and always willing to help anyone. Gerry was known to say that spending time with her granddaughter and great-grandsons was one of her favorite things to do.
Gerry was predeceased by her mother Caro Genthner, father John Genthner, her sisters Barbara Hinkley of Brunswick, Jean Davis of Topsham and brother Stephen Genthner of Phippsburg, and her loving husband of 52 years, Edward Tuttle.
She is survived by daughter Sherri Lee Tuttle of Brunswick, daughter Rebecca Tuttle and partner Stephen Fogg of Gray, granddaughter Chelsey Brookes and great-grandsons Teddy and Ben of Brunswick as well as sister, Josephine Carr of Tennessee, numerous nephews, nieces and other family members.
“Life may have hard times, but through it all there is a woman, a tower of strength and wisdom standing in the middle. Someone we turn to for answers, who gives us reassurance that it will be okay” - I will look for you in the Bluebirds and the breeze on my shoulder.
The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at directcremationofmaine.com.