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Geraldine "Gerri" Bruckman

December 31, 1936 February 15, 2021
Geraldine "Gerri" Bruckman
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Obituary for Geraldine "Gerri" Bruckman

GERALDINE “GERRI” BRUCKMAN, 84, of Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL, formerly of Fulton, IL, died Monday February 15, 2021 at MercyOne Clinton in Clinton, IA.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service at the Fulton Township Cemetery is being planned for a later date. The Fulton Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A memorial to the River Bend Athletic Boosters has been established.

Gerri was born December 31, 1936 in Dubois, PA, to Anthony and Nelletta “Nellie” (Burke) Malesky. She was raised by Nellie, and her beloved father, Clarence Ottens, and was educated in the Fulton schools. She first married Kenneth L. Hoogheem in 1955. In 1980 she married Bud Bruckman. Gerri was a manager at the Devils Glen Mobile Home Court in Bettendorf, IA. She enjoyed camping, fishing, crafting and watching her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. Gerri cherished large family gatherings with all of her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Marcia (John) Pritchard of Mt. Prospect, IL and Lori (Jim) Ryder of Fulton, IL; three sons, Ronald Hoogheem of Clinton, IA, Russell (Patti) Hoogheem and David (Brenda) Hoogheem, both of Fulton, IL; nine grandchildren, Caitlin (Josh) Haines, Blaire Pritchard, Lyndsey Ryder, Zach Ryder, Jason Ryder, Tara (Sol) Schmidt, Nicholas (Makenzie) Hoogheem, Ryan Hoogheem, Bradley (Tara) Leininger; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Bud) Smith of Garden Plain, IL and Sandi (Michael) Johnson of Thomson, IL; two brothers, Daniel Ottens and Philip (Wendy) Ottens, both of Fulton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nellie and Clarence Ottens; one sister, Mary Hoyer; one sister-in-law Jan Ottens.

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