Rodkey, Geraldine Bush


Geraldine Bush Rodkey of Uniontown passed away the morning of Saturday, March 13, 2021, with family and loved ones at her bedside.

Born in 1932 in Bullskin Township, the daughter of William J. Bush and Anna M. (Freiberg) Bush, she was the surviving spouse of Wilbur W. Rodkey, Jr., who served as a Local Pastor in the Connellsville District from 1989-1993. They had been married 48 years when he passed away in 1999.

Geraldine was a past matron of Order of Eastern Star #263 and past watchman of shepherds Margaret E. Caven Shrine #42, and she had lifetime memberships in the D.V.A., V.F.W., and American Legion.

As the wife of a career soldier, she traveled and lived all over the world. She had many adventures, with fascinating stories to tell.

She was a steadfast helpmate to her husband in all that he accomplished throughout their lives together. She remained in love with Wilbur to the moment of her last breath and beyond. She was a loving and wise example to her daughters, family, and many friends.

Geraldine is survived by her daughters, Debra A. Sickles and husband Cory G.B. Sickles and Sandra K. Rodkey, D.V.M., and partner Sam J. Morgan, D.V.M.; and sisters-in-law Marie Wingard and Carol McCartney; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Wilbur W. Rodkey Jr.; and four brothers, Tucker (Ruth) Wingard, Harry Wingard, George H. Bush, and Wade (Leona) Bush.

Debra, Sandra, and Geraldine's extended family wish to convey sincere thanks to OSPTA Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful care and support they provided to Geraldine and her family. Each and every team member involved in her care was professional, compassionate, and supportive in all ways. Whether on the phone or during in-person visits, they were exceptional.

Debra and Sandra also wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to Geraldine's niece, Anna "Susie" Tabaj, as well as her daughters, Melanie and Michelle. Susie opened her home to her, and the three of them gave her loving care throughout the last few months of her life where "a good time was had by all."

Friends were received March 17 in Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, where services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 18 with Pastor Sam McClintock officiating. Interment followed in Franklin Cemetery.

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