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Geraldine E. Potaniec

December 5, 1932 — February 20, 2023

Visitation for Geraldine E. Potaniec, 90, of Palatine, will be held Monday, February 27, 2023, from 9:00 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church, 1201 E. Anderson Drive, Palatine. The Interment will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Des Plaines.

Our dear mother, Geri, peacefully passed away on February 20, 2023, after a long and fulfilling life.  She was a wonderful mother who was always available when we needed her.  She also had many friends and was a well-loved member of the Palatine community.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Potaniec; father, Carl Miller; and mother, Estelle Miller.

Geri is survived by her children, Michael (Barbara) Potaniec and Steven (Elizabeth) Potaniec; grandchildren, Shelley Potaniec (Andy Stohl), Kathy Potaniec (Ryan Snellings), Kelly Deviney (Trey Deviney) and Kyle Potaniec; and great-grandchildren, Rylee, Molly and Tommy Deviney.

Geri enjoyed her working career for many years at Alexian Brothers Hospital.  Following her retirement, she also volunteered for several years at Twice Blessed Thrift Shop. Wherever she went, she made many life-long friends.  Geri was an avid Chicago Sports fan.  She loved Cubs Baseball, auto-racing and Bears Football.  She was quite thrilled to watch the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. In later years she read many books.  In particular, she was most fond of her bird watching books.  She enjoyed, daily, watching all the birds visit her on her patio.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated in Geri’s memory to The Buddy Foundation (animal rescue), https://www.thebuddyfoundation.org/, the American Diabetes Association, https://diabetes.org/, or the American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org/.

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