Geraldine Sutherlin

Geraldine A. "Geri" Sutherlin

Tuesday, April 1st, 1947 - Monday, February 15th, 2021
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Geraldine A. “Geri” Sutherlin, 73, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service from 1-2 pm also at the funeral home. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Geri was born on April 1, 1947, the youngest of nine children, to Daniel and Ernstina (Beimler) Bedunah in Benton Harbor. She attended Benton Harbor High School. On September 29, 1979, Geri married Paul W. Sutherlin at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Joseph. Geri had a beautiful, animated sense of humor, always keeping those around laughing. Family was most important to her, and Geri cherished every moment spent with them.

Geri is survived by her husband of 41 years, Paul Sutherlin; son, Patrick (Kristen) Sutherlin; granddaughters, Madyson and Hayden Sutherlin; sister, Lynda (Phillip) Connell; sister-in-law, Joan Bedunah and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Ernstina Bedunah; sisters, Norma Swisher, Dorothy Frakes and Violet Angelo; brothers, Ray, Daniel, Franklin and Jimmy Bedunah.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Kristina Hutsell

Posted at 12:34pm
Kate Connell Lievense
22h · II
My sweet, fun loving, wonderful Aunt Geri passed away unexpectedly this week. Our hearts are so sad. She was such a huge part of our lives growing up. She made everyone laugh! She was married to Paul for 41 great years, even though I know she had a secret crush on singer Neil Diamond! :.; Ha! She was the one who found my Dad with a friend and brought him home to her house and made my Mom get out of bed to come out and meet this "cute guy"! I remember that she lived with us for a short while and I was probably only 4 or 5 when she moved out. I was bawling and she kept giving me nail polish, jewelry and make up so I wouldn't be sad. When I was in high school, I had a crush on a bag boy at the local grocery store, and she'd pick me up every week to go shopping so I could flirt with him! We would scope out the store to see if we could find him!! She was so silly like that! She was always the one to stay connected with people. I loved when she would call and brag about Patrick and his sweet family! She was SO proud of him and his military career. What a great mom and aunt she was. Boy...did she ever love being a Grandma! I'd hear all kinds of stories about Madyson and Hayden and about what a great mom Kristen was for holding down the fort when Patrick was deployed.
Heaven sure gained an angel this with a loud laugh, colorful, dangly earrings and a huge heart!


Kenneth & Geraldine Gavin

Posted at 12:00pm
Geri became our friend several years ago. We were so fond of her & enjoyed talking & sharing family stories. We were so sorry to hear about her transition. She was a very compassionate & loving person. We will remember the family in prayer. Rev. Kenneth & Jerri Gavin

Winchell Kathy

Posted at 04:42pm
I remember Geri’s wonderful laugh. She shared it often. My condolences to you, from Kathy Bedunah Winchell

Joanie Bedunah

Posted at 01:00pm
I will truly miss my calls from Geri. She always called to say "Hi" and see how I was doing. We talked for an hour about my activities and about Patrick, Kristen and her beautiful granddaughters. Geri cared deeply about her family and friends and always kept in touch with all of them to say "Hi" and make sure they were ok. Our entire family will miss her. God has truly received an angel.
God Bless Paul, Patrick, Kristen, Madyson and Hayden


Ray and Mary Damaske

Posted at 07:54pm
Pat and Kristen,
I was sad to hear about your Mom. It immediately took me back to my memory of the days of Peace Lutheran and the great memories we had. The Christmas celebrations at the Heritage along with all the other fellowship events. Your Mom was always there to help and share these memories we had together at our church.
She was so very proud of you, Pat. She was your biggest fan along with being your loving mother...
May she Rest In Peace and remain safe in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our sincere condolences, Pat... May God comfort you and your family at this sad time.
Ray and Mary Damaske
Stevensville, MI

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