Geraldine P. Nathan, 98, a lifelong Kingston resident, passed peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday morning, December 28, 2019 at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine, with her son by her side. She was born July 26, 1921 in Kingston, the daughter of the late Richard and Elsie (Marks) Peters. Geraldine was the wife of the late Elmor H. Nathan; who passed away November 5th, 1985.
She was a graduate of Kingston High School, Class of 1939, Kingston Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1946, and Russell Sage College. Geraldine was a School Nurse for the Kingston City School District from 1957 to 1984, primarily at J. Watson Bailey Middle School. She had also worked at Kingston Hospital, served as a public health nurse, and did private duty nursing.
She was member of the Fair Street Reformed Church since her childhood, where she was very active in the church's music, educational and women's ministries. Geraldine was involved with many civic, philanthropic and professional organizations. She was a longtime member of the Kingston Musical Society where she had served as President.
Geraldine is survived by her son, Jerry Nathan and his husband Michael Davis of Albany, NY.
Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston, NY. The funeral service will take place at 11am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Fair Street Reformed Church, 209 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401, with the Rev. Kendra Van Houten and Rev. Robert Gram, officiating. A tribute for Geraldine can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fair Street Reformed Church, 209 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401.
Gerry was a friend of our family and in particular my mom Elise. I knew her my whole life. From her beautiful
voice in our church choir to her nursing skills in several Kingston schools-she was always helping others!
I am so sorry for her passing-she will surely be missed!
I will always remember Gerry as a devoted member of our church. She was involved in everything. She was kind, intelligent and reached out to all. The volunteer work we shared together gave me good company and always encouragement and acceptance. She will be missed. Nancy Hawkins
Deepest sympathy to Jerry and Michael on the loss of your mother. What a spectacular mark she made on the world during her lifetime.
I have comforting memories of Mrs. Nathan as a school nurse. She was so very kind and reassuring whenever I went to her. I vividly remember her warm smile and cool soft hand on my forehead. I also remember going to her when I wasn’t sick just for the maternal comfort she offered.
Later in life, I remember her as my neighbor from around the corner who always indulged me during my door to door campaign as an Alderwoman. She listened patiently to my pitch and nodded her head with a smile that said, “you have my vote.”
Mrs. Nathan had a regal and dignified presence that made those who knew her want to know her better. I wish I did, but am glad that she touched my life in those brief moments over the years.
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