Mrs. Gerry Kessler Scheer, age 88, Atlanta, died January 4, 2017.
Born in Macon, Gerry moved to Atlanta as a young girl and attended Inman Elementary and Girls High Schools. While home from the University of Illinois, she was invited along on a trip to Fort McPherson in 1945 by a young man from Eatonton, Fred Scheer, soon to be discharged from the U.S. Army after serving his country in Europe, part of that time as a POW.
The two would marry in 1947 and raise 3 children. Gerry worked variously at selling real estate and being a census taker but would really make the most impact as a community volunteer. She was a Girl Scout leader and worked closely with the League of Women Voters. However, her real legacy was a tutoring program for the students at Margaret Mitchell Elementary school, across the street from the Scheer household. Reading to children grew into a program with 150 volunteers spending an hour a week tutoring students, including student tutors from Westminster School. For this endeavor, Gerry was awarded the Golden Apple by Channel 11. Gerry was a fitness walker with friends from the neighborhood before exercise was popular; she played bridge with the same group of women for decades, and she and Fred traveled the world.
Family includes her loving husband of 69 years, Frederick O. Scheer, children: Roslyn Scheer (Larry Rosen), Roy Scheer (Carol Scheer), Barbara Scheer-Eason (Fred H Eason of blessed memory); grandchildren: Claire Scheer Galloway (H George), Robert Kessler Scheer (Maria); great grandchildren Jackson & Benjamin Galloway; brothers & sisters in law: Michele & George M Scheer, Jr., Irving & Happy Scheer Shaw; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Max H Kessler & Lena Ory Kessler, siblings Celeste K. (H.C.)Rosenberg & Roy M. Kessler, brother & sister in law Morrie & Gloria Scheer Leder of blessed memory. Many thanks for Gerry’s loving care by our friends, the staff and residents of A. G. Rhodes.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 8, 2016 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.