Geraldine Ann Richelieu Mahoney, 84, resident of Tempe, Ariz. died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Desert Banner Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. Born Aug. 6, 1929, in Omaha, Neb. to Lillian and Howard Richelieu, Jerry was the eldest of three children. A graduate from Creighton University, she was one of only few women accepted into the business college. She married Richard Mahoney in 1953 in Omaha, Neb. They had seven children and lived in many Iowa towns before settling in Des Moines for 15 years. Widowed in 1977 Jerry was a pillar of strength as a single parent, while working as an Insurance Examiner for several states. She was the first woman chairperson of the State of Iowa Insurance Examiners. In 1988 Jerry moved to Arizona and later retired at the age of 71. She is survived by her children Maureen Kauzlarich of Carlisle; Bill (Jennifer) Mahoney of Chandler, Ariz.; Colleen (Steve) Boatwright of Des Moines; Michael Mahoney of Des Moines; Patricia (Neil) Erusha of Solon; Sharon (Wendell) Mukes of Morrow, Ohio; her sister Marilyn Higgins of Omaha, Neb.; and 12 grandchildren. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs. Inurnment in St. Joseph Cemetery with a lunch following at the Walnut Hill Reception Center, 1350 E. Pierce St.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to EWTN (www.ewtn.com ) and the American Cancer Society.