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Margaret L. Gerchar

Published March 04,2024

Obituary's Biography:

Margaret L. Gerchar was born in Cloudcroft, NM on July 26, 1933 to parents Frank and Agnes Carroll. She grew up in Holbrook AZ and after high school, she joined the Navy as a hospital corpsman. Eventually, she was stationed at Great Lakes where she met the love of her life, Rudolph Gerchar.  They married at Mother of God Church and built a home in Waukegan IL where they had and raised two daughters. 

Margaret continued her education, earning a bachelor degree in Nursing and later a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.  She worked at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan for over twenty years before retiring in Grayslake, IL. She enjoyed her grandchildren and family, loved gardening and was an avid reader. She passed away peacefully at 90 years of age on March 2, 2024, surrounded by her family and their dog. 

She was preceded in death by Rudolph Gerchar (husband) and is survived by her daughters Dawn (Elissa) Roman and Devon (Ken) Olzewski and eight grandchildren; Hailee Moore, Rauol Moore, Mardi Roman, Sophie Roman, Rand Roman, Katie Olzewski, Kerri Olzewski and Kenny Olzewski. 

Memorial service will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake IL on Sunday March 17th from 2-5 pm with a service following at 5pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital. For more information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org

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5 replies on “Margaret L. Gerchar”

  1. Condolences to her family. I work with Margaret in Surgery at Vista. She always had us laughing with her wonderful sense of humor. It was a privilege to have known her!

  2. My deepest sympathy to the Gerchar, Roman & Olzewski families. May you get your strength from family, friends & your Higher Power at this difficult time.

  3. Please accept my prayers and condolences. As a little girl, I always looked up to Margie. She was beautiful inside and out. May she rest in peace.

  4. What a beautiful photo tribute and what a sad day. I met Mrs. Gerchar in kindergarten in 1971, when I followed her daughter, Devon, home from Little Fort school and Margie (as I later knew her) was gracious enough to call my mom and let my stay awhile. What a coincidence that she and my mother were surgical nurses together at Victory Memorial hospital, each for 20 years! Fast forward another 20 years and she and Rudolph fell in love with my own little girl, Ashley, and and become her “pseudo grandparents” for a brief time… Dolphie was always mischievous and playful, feeding my 3 year old hot peppers (which he thought she would recoil from, but which she actually grew to love!) as well as other unlikely toddler fare, while Margie stood watch with a ready smile, a wry observation, and always a twinkle in her eye and a book in her hand. I am thankful to this beautiful lady, who not only served our country in the armed forces and in the operating room saving lives, but who also gave the world such a large, beautiful family, a legacy, as well as one of my lifelong friends.

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