Gerry C. Arnold, nee Gray, age 85, of Lombard 64 years

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 27th, 2013

GERRY C. ARNOLD, nee Gray, age 85, of Lombard, died August 26 at her home.

Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 6, at 11 AM, at First Church of Lombard, 220 South Main Street, Lombard.
Interment Private at the First Church of Lombard.

Mrs. Arnold is survived by three children, Andy (Sue) of Chesterton, Indiana, Pam Costakis of Lisle, and Don (Ann) of Campbell, California; four grandchildren, Nick (Helen) Costakis of Lisle, Thomas (Fiancé, Cleo Spilman) Arnold of San Jose, California, Maddy Arnold of Campbell, California, and Cheyenne Arnold of Campbell, California; her brother, Joseph (Joy) Gray of Michigan City, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Arnold is preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. “Dick” Arnold; and her sister, Leslie Rogers.

Mrs. Arnold was a resident of Lombard since 1949. She grew up in Chicago and was a graduate of Northern Illinois University. She had been married for 58 years. Mrs. Arnold had been a teacher at Lincoln School and Westlake Jr. High, both in Lombard. She was a member of the Lombard Rotary Ann’s and a former volunteer for Love Letters in Lombard. She was very active at First Church of Lombard, including Walk in Ministries, PADS, Outreach Ministry at Lexington, and did many service projects including knitting soft caps for servicemen overseas. Mrs. Arnold’s late husband was the former Lombard Village President.

Memorials to the First Church of Lombard Outreach Ministries, 220 South Main Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148 or Lombard Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1003, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.


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  1. Patrice A. Mitsos says:

    Mrs. Arnold was my Home Economics teacher at Westlake Junior High. I remember the beige skirt I sewed in 7th grade, and blue overalls with red top-stitching I sewed in 8th grade. And of course, we modeled our creations in the annual fashion show. She so patiently watched me very carefully sewing that red stitching. I also remember baking peanut butter cookies in 7th grade, spending the first day just making the infamous “Master Mix”, a key core ingredient to the overall recipe. Upon trying to recreate the cookies at home, I ended up with basically chips of burnt salt, mistakenly using salt instead of sugar.

    Mrs. Arnold was one of the most friendly and calm teachers I ever had, and was always very helpful in teaching her students. I was actually just thinking of her the other day. I know she will be missed.

    R.I.P., Mrs. Arnold.

  2. Lisa Gluskin says:

    Mrs. Arnold was also my home ec teacher at Westlake, Pam was my classmate, and the Arnolds were neighbors of my parents for some years.

    I remember Mrs. Arnold as a quiet and kind teacher, and am grateful to have had her influence in my life.

    My deepest sympathies to her family.

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