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Geraldine A. Waltman
March 20, 1933 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
Funeral services for Geraldine (Jeri) Agnes (Stade) Waltman will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at Grace E-Free Church in Stewartville, MN at 2pm, with a visitation at the church at 1pm. Following the service, there will be a celebration of her life at Four Daughters Vineyard in Spring Valley. Jeri passed away on January 15th in her home in Grand Meadow, MN with her loving family by her side, at the age of 90 years old.
Jeri was born on March 20th, 1933, in Fairmont, MN to Arthur Stade and Agnes (Krahmer) Stade. She graduated from Fairmont High School and continued her education at the University of Minnesota, where she received an AA Degree. On Valentine’s Day in 1956, she was united in marriage to Bobby Jo Waltman of Ceylon, MN after dating for 10 days! Bob proposed with only a cigar band, which resulted in a joyful marriage of 54 years, 3 kids, 13 grandkids and 34 great grandchildren; so they definitely got something right! Together they lived in Phoenix, where Vicky was born, St. Louis, where Lori was born, and Rochester, where Chris was born. They eventually settled in Elgin, MN where they raised their family. They retired to Grand Meadow, MN.
Jeri and Bob were a team in all their endeavors. She was a powerful force, which was the perfect match for his gentle spirit. She had an entrepreneurial spirit throughout her life, which she passed on to her children. In the 60s and 70s, she and Bob owned and operated 3 grocery stores (Elgin, Millville and Plainview, MN). In the 80s, Jeri encouraged Bob to become an auctioneer, as they enjoyed auctions so much. Bob was a natural in front of a crowd and Jeri encouraged him to run for an open position in the state legislature. After he was elected, Jeri lovingly served at his side for his 12 year tenure. While working in the Capital building, she created a business helping to manage the calendars of the busy legislators.
Jeri had a strong and unwavering Christian faith and a giving spirit. She helped to form the Discovery Leadership ministry with Bob and their son in 1993 and diligently served on the board from 1993 to the time of her death. She participated in prison ministry and was a charitable giver to many other ministries. Her and Bob helped to start the legislative Bible study, which still continues to this day at the MN State Capital. She has shared her amazing testimony on prayer and faith after being close to death just a few years ago.
Travel was one of her passions. Bob and Jeri traveled with their family to many places while the children were growing up and then traveled to many countries across the world in their later years. After she was widowed, she continued to travel with a travel club and also with her family very often. She also enjoyed needle work, knitting, and crocheting. Through the years, she handmade each member of the family a special Christmas stocking (nearly 70!). One of her favorite hobbies was collecting beautiful glassware and collectables.
Jeri is proceeded in death by her parents and husband and is survived by her three children Vicky, Lori and Chris. Vicky (Gary) Vogt of Grand Meadow have 4 children; Shawn (Patrick) Sween, Erin (Tim) Stromberg, Kristin (Justin) Osborne and Justine Vogt. Lori (Tim) Glover of Lino Lakes have 6 children; Ed (Amanda) Lebert, Tim II (Jenni) Glover, Pat Glover, Kristen Glover, Louie II (Chelcie) Lebert, and Nicholas Lebert. Chris (Lori) Waltman of Monroe Washington have 3 children; Nathan (Chantal) Waltman, Stephen (Jaclyn) Waltman, and Jason (Aubrey) Waltman. She loved her 34 great grandchildren. To all grandchildren and great grandchildren she was known as Nana, and also affectionately by many in the community. She is also survived by her sister Sylvia and brothers Herb and Russell.