Geraldine (Gerry) Witmer Manson of Rye, New York, formerly of Rumson, New Jersey, passed away at her residence in The Osborn on October 29, 2019. She was 93.
Born in York, Pennsylvania, on June 28, 1926, she was the only child of Chester and Beatrice (Ruth) Witmer. After graduating from William Penn Senior High School, class of 1944, she went on to Temple University, from which she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1948.
Before settling in New Jersey, she lived in several countries, including Pakistan, Singapore, Mexico, and Colombia. Living abroad gave her a passion for traveling. Over the course of many years, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia, China, and South America. While living in Bogotá, Colombia, she worked as a runway model. Upon returning to the United States, she resumed her first career and worked in the travel industry until she retired.
In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Mrs. Manson enjoyed reading and playing tennis and bridge. She was a past member of the English Speaking Union, Sea Bright Beach Club, and the Sea Bright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club. Gerry was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Monmouth County.
Mrs. Manson is survived by her daughters, Lisa Degen (Kevin) of Rye, and Amy Keating (James) of Frederick, Maryland; and her six grandchildren: Billy, Brian and Jack Degen, and Sarah, Katie and Ryan Keating. She was predeceased by her former husband, William Joseph Manson.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, November 9 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye.