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Geraldine H. Laine

Geraldine H. Laine

Geraldine Helene (Marfuta) Laine age 80 of Menomonie, died Monday March 16, 2020 at her home. 

Gerry was born February 17, 1940 in Detroit, MI and grew up near Traverse City, MI, where she attended St. Francis Catholic School.  She earned her B.A. in English from Marygrove College in Detroit.  Gerry became a teaching fellow at the University of Detroit, where she earned her M. A. in English.

Gerry returned to teach at St. Francis until she came to Menomonie in 1968 to teach English at U.W. Stout, from which she retired after 31 years in 1999.  She was advisor to the student literary magazine and always popular with her students, some of whom became her friends.  Gerry married William Laine on January 31, 1969 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie.

Gerry was a devout, liberal Catholic and served as a reader and minister of communion until her health declined.  She enjoyed playing the accordion; she was an avid reader, listener to classical musical and watcher of classic films.  Gerry wrote a daily journal and excelled at writing memorable notes on greeting cards to friends and relatives.  She loved having pet dogs and visiting with friends.

Gerry is survived by her husband, Bill.  She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Carl and Charles Ray.

Memorial services will be at 3:00 PM Tuesday July 28, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. John Mano officiaiting.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.


  1. Judy Evan

    She was the great lady. I enjoyed her as a deli customer when she came to the deli.So sad to hear the news.Love Judy

  2. Susan M Thurin

    Gerry was smart, cheerful and loved by her students. Bill, you two were a devoted couple and you took marvelous care of her in her long illness. You have written a very nice obituary also. Gerry would appreciate it very much.

  3. David Lafferty

    Geri and Bill have been my close friends since 1968. Geri was witty, compassionate and intelligent, a great person. I visited the Laines as often as possible. I will deeply miss Geri and I will be the best friend I can be to Bill.

  4. Tom and Linda Walsh

    Geraldine was a very intelligent woman with many skills and a great sense of humor. She was caring and had a great smile. We will miss her!

  5. Susan Hall

    Dear Bill,
    I think it was just a few days ago that you opened the door for me at MPL. It had been such a long time since I had seen you.
    I know that Gerry's health has been failing and that you have been her faithful caretaker. Please accept my condolences and sympathy.

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