Gerry Lynn Kozak Grieco-Van Pelt passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 after a lengthy illness. She is gone way too soon. Gerry Lynn was born on December 17, 1949 in Duluth, Minnesota, and graduated from Hermantown High School in 1968. Shortly after graduation, Gerry accepted a great job in the Washington DC area and relocated to the East Coast. She married Jim Grieco in 1970 and their daughter Lisa was born in 1971. In August 1979, she married John Van Pelt and they were together until his passing in 2019. Gerry was generous with all and her loves were her family above all, her friends and her work. She worked with special needs kids, whom she helped develop the skills to transition into adult life. She also worked part-time as a bookkeeper at Fina Construction. She was loved and well regarded by everyone. Gerry Lynn was preceded in death by her husband, her parents Alice Ann Pekala and Gerald Kozak, and her grandparents. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Grieco (Mehmet Bahtiyar), stepdaughter Sara Fecuria (Mark), grandchildren Ginny Kerns, Harry Kerns and Olivia Bahtiyar, brothers Jeff Kozak and Brian Kozak. Gerry Lynn will be missed by all who knew her.
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