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Cora May Gergich

Cora May Gergich, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday July 16, 2022 in Toledo, Ohio. Cora was born on September 1, 1937 and was the only child of Arthur and Irene Gisin (Crane) in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She was a graduate of Woodbridge High School, class of 1954 and the Wood Business School in New York, class of 1955.

In 1955, Cora met Thomas H. Gergich through mutual friends. They married on March 2, 1957 in Linden New Jersey at St. Theresa’s R.C. Church. Tom and Cora went on to have four children: Thomas, William, Cheryl and Robert. They moved to Swanton, Ohio in 1964 where they spent the next 28 years and were active members of the Swanton community. Cora was the secretary to the Superintendent at Swanton Local Schools for many years. While working full time and raising her family, she decided in her 40’s to go to nursing school. In 1986, she graduated from Owens Community College as a registered nurse. She was most proud that she graduated with the highest GPA of any of her children and did not let them forget it. 

In 1992, Tom and Cora built their dream retirement home in Maumee, Ohio. Many memories were made here with their children and grandchildren. Cora worked as an oncology nurse for the vast majority of her career and retired in April of 2017 after 31 years. In her free time, she was very active in her community, volunteering at Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchen and in her professional life as the treasurer of The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She also loved singing in the church choir at St. Joan of Arc. 

She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Cora (Mimi) spent her time attending various sporting events, concerts, plays, musicals and pretty much anything else her grandchildren were involved in. She never missed the opportunity to show her love and support for her family. This is what made Cora so special.

Cora is survived by her children; Thomas (Lynette) Gergich, William (Penny) Gergich, Cheryl (Garry) Old, Robert (Sandy) Gergich, her grandchildren; Amanda and Zachary Gergich, Ashley (Kameron) Niemi, Kaitlyn, Maggie, Shawn and Emily Old, Leslie (Brandon) Bettinger and great grandchildren Blaire and Onyx Bettinger. 

She was greeted in heaven by her parents Arthur and Irene Gisin, her beloved husband of 51 years Thomas Gergich and grandsons Derek Gergich and William Gergich Jr. 

Visitation will be at Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. Swanton, OH 43558 from 3:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday July 20, 2022. Funeral services will be Thursday July 21, 2022 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd. Toledo, Ohio 43614. Visitation is from 10:00am-10:50am with Eulogy in the Narthex by Rusty Orben at 10:50am. Mass will be at 11:00am. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that if you would like to make a donation in her memory please consider The Toledo Humane Society, The Victory Center or a Hospice of your choice. 


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Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. May you find comfort in her memory.

Bonnie Holdeman Jul 22 2022 6:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Cora Gergich

Pauline Gross Jul 21 2022 6:00 PM

Penny, Bill, and family. I am deeply saddened over your loss. Your mother and Mimi was truly a special blessing in your lives.
I only just became aware of the tragic loss of your son. I have no words. Please know that you are all in my prayers and thoughts. You have a special place in my heart ❤️ always.
Wishing you comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Rhonda Hoffman Jul 21 2022 12:42 PM

Sue and I are so sorry for your loss. Cora was a hard working, talented and giving person. She tolerated her hardships and setbacks with grace and dignity and didn't let them take away her optimism and good will. She was an inspiration to those of us who worked with her.

Sue and Bill Horvathj Jul 20 2022 3:23 PM

So sorry to hear of Cora's passing. I worked with her many, many years ago. She was such a beautiful lady, inside and out. May your memories provide you all comfort during this difficult time.

Angie Almomar Jul 20 2022 8:40 AM

I’m thankful for the time I worked with Miss Cora the Queen! Her knowledge and guidance is something I continue to carry on with me in my career as a nurse in oncology. What a blessing she was to me and so many. I pray her memory continues to bless your family. Cheers Miss Cora! My next Manhattan is in your honor. Much love to the Gergich family during this difficult time.

Rachael Glas Jul 20 2022 12:01 AM

Heaven gained an Angel . I always enjoyed when Tom and Cora came in for appointments. Today they are together again. Condolances to her families.

Dyan Osborn Jul 19 2022 6:27 PM

Cora was a wonderful person! It was always a pleasure to see and talk to her. My sincere condolences to the entire Gergich family.

Dianne Westhoven Jul 19 2022 2:17 PM

I loved Mimi so very much. She always treated me like family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life and learn to live without her physical presence. Her spirit will always be near.
Love, Ray

Renee w Jul 19 2022 1:36 PM

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. May you find comfort in her memory.

Alan and Suzanne Regan Jul 19 2022 8:36 AM

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