Geraldine E. Beitel, 78, of Jeannette, Hempfield Township, departed for Heaven on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was born in Wilkinsburg on August 2, 1942, the only child of Nannie Ellen Wright McCoy and Earl Levain McCoy. For the first three years of her life, Geraldine and her father did not see one another, as he was actively serving with the United States Army in Europe — England, then Omaha Beach on D-Day, then eventually in Germany — during those last three years of World War II. Throughout her life, Geraldine was fiercely proud of this, and similarly proud of her mother’s contributions as a welder in shipbuilding for the War. In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by her cherished husband of nearly 39 years, Wesley Martin Beitel. She is survived by her son, Wesley M. Beitel Jr., of Jeannette, Hempfield Township. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Jay J. Beitel; his wife, Barbara; sisters-in-law Charlotte Beitel, Donice C. Beitel, and Betzy Leeper; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins. No one who knew her could fail to see her devotion to her family. For some 50 years, Gerry was also active at various levels within the Greensburg Art Club, sometimes teaching there and sometimes serving as Vice President or as Membership Secretary; at one point, she and three colleagues revived the Club, restoring membership numbers after they had become unusually low. Gerry was a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society as well as several more groups of area artists. She was versatile in the visual arts, achieving beauty with watercolors, oil paints, acrylics, pastels, pencil, ceramics, and needlework; she had a fine ear for music and was the primary musical and artistic inspiration for her son in such matters. Gerry loved birdwatching and gardening; she adored horses and was a skilled equestrian, especially in her youth; she similarly appreciated many of God’s creatures, caring for numerous beloved pets along the way, having indeed rescued a few of these. Her life was a leviathan joy to countless people. Flowers, or perhaps donations to the ASPCA or to the World Wildlife Fund, would be wonderful in remembrance of her. Friends will be received from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Thursday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 516 Stanton Street, Greensburg, where a memorial service will immediately follow at 12:30 PM with the Rev. John M. Smaligo officiating. Inurnment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Visitation protocols will be flexible. www.bachafh.com
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