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Geraldine Rita Stoeckl-Conklin

Apr 15, 2024

On April 11, 2024, Geraldine Rita Stoeckl-Conklin (Gerry), of Milwaukie, Oregon died peacefully in her home after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 87.

She was born June 18, 1936, to Raymond and Mary Kozlowski in Detroit, Michigan. When Gerry was eight years old her parents moved the family from Detroit to San Bernardino, California where Gerry lived for the rest of her childhood. During her life she also resided in Ogden, Utah; Florence, Oregon; and four years in Germany, which she regarded as some of the best years of her life. Since 2014, Gerry has lived in Milwaukie, Oregon with her youngest daughter and son-in-law.

Gerry was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Stoeckl (m. 1954) and her second husband John “Jack” Conklin (m. 2001) and is survived by seven children: David Stoeckl (Amy), Richard Stoeckl (Cindy), Robert Stoeckl, Teresa Stoeckl, Jeanne Bush (William), John Stoeckl (Andrea), and James Stoeckl (Jennifer). Gerry enjoyed welcoming sixteen grandchildren into this world and ten great grandchildren. One of seven children, Gerry has three surviving siblings: Raymond Kozlowski (Kent, WA), Rose Montag (Vancouver, WA), and Jeanne Hiss (Colorado Springs, CO).

Gerry is remembered for her good sense, intelligence, and above all her kindness. She valued her family and was married twice to loving men, both of whom predeceased her in death. She treasured family reunions, and enjoyed traveling, reading, music, and watching sports, especially golf. She also enjoyed writing and for much of her life she journaled. Late in life Gerry had one of her short stories published, and she leaves an unpublished novel nearly finished. A great believer in learning at any age, Gerry earned her Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies at the age of 77.

A funeral Mass will be held on April 27, 2024 @ 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1812 SW Spring Garden Street, Portland, OR 97219. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Gerry’s favorite charities: Catholic Relief Services – https://www.crs.org/ or the Benedictine Sisters in Mount Angel, Oregon – https://www.benedictine-srs.org/donate