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Obituary of Geraldine H. Barrows


Mrs. Geraldine H. Barrows, 85, passed away on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, surrounded by her family. A lifelong resident of the Cortland area, Gerry was born April 7, 1934 in Cortland, the daughter of Samuel P. Heller, Jr. and Wilhelmina VanDonsel Heller. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Gerry was formerly employed by Wilson Sporting Goods and Huskytown and was a self employed commercial and fine artist. She, along with her late husband, LeRoy operated an in-home detention home for numerous years. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Cortland Senior Center, bowling and golfing.

Survivors include: two sons; Ronald L. Barrows of Syracuse and Mark C. Barrows of Cincinnatus, two daughters; Donna Pilato of Chicago and Sharon (Chris) Barrows Cooper of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma., a brother in law; Roger (Marion) Barrows and two sister in laws; Dolores Heller and Joyce Barrows, 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Gerry was preceded in death by her husband; LeRoy in 2011 and her brother; S. Peter Heller. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Prayers of committal will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home 69 N. Main St. Cortland, N.Y. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Mary’s Parochial School 61 N. Main Street, Cortland, N.Y. 13045

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