Geraldine Pado 80 of Harrison passed away at her home on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Geraldine was born October 21, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Edward Aloysious Smith and Marion Violet (Hocholeck) Smith. Geraldine graduated from Girls Catholic Central High School, Detroit in 1958. Geraldine was united in marriage to Mr. Richard Joseph Pado Sr. on May 13, 1961 in Detroit. Mr. Pado preceded Geraldine on August 30, 2015 after fifty-four years of marriage.
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Geraldine grew up in Detroit as the youngest of three girls in a devout Catholic family. Her father passed away when she was 13 leaving her widowed mother the task of raising her, and also served as Geraldine’s inspiration to succeed in life. She attended a Catholic school where she developed and established friendships that lasted the rest of her life. For her personal aspiration and to give her children a lifestyle that she was unable to have growing up, she joined the workforce in the retail business field. From there she was able to obtain a position with the United States Army as a civilian servant where she was able to progress through her career from a secretary in a security office until she reached the respected and accomplished position of Executive Administrative Secretary to the Director of Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center. Geraldine was someone with a generous heart. She and her husband purchased a house on Little Long Lake in Harrison as a place where the family could come together and share the fruits of their labor. Upon the passing of her husband, she moved to Harrison permanently where she continued making new friends and became an active member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church.
Surviving Mrs. Pado are her three sons; Richard J. Pado Jr. and wife Suzan of Lowell, Michigan, David J. Pado and wife Annette of Shelby Township, Michigan and Jeffrey K. Pado and wife Wendy of Macomb, Michigan, one daughter, Laure Pado of Oakland County, Michigan, ten grandchildren; Christina Teichman, Kelly (Nathan) Hopp, Kenneth Teichman, Michael Teichman, Benjamin Pado, Kara Pado, Katelyn Pado, Kelsey Pado, Cole Pado and Samantha Pado, one sister, Virginia Fisher of Dexter, Michigan, many nieces, nephews and extended family members and her beloved dog, Zoey. Mrs. Pado also was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Irene Franko.
Funeral Mass for Mrs. Pado will be held in her honor on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 310 South Broad St., Harrison, Michigan 48625, with Monsignor Francis B. Koper officiating. A time of gathering will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Inurnment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. Memorial gifts in memory of Mrs. Pado may be considered to: Marianist Mission, Mount Saint John, 4435 East Patterson Road, Dayton, Ohio 45481-0001, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 4343, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8516 and Clare County Animal Shelter, 4040 Hazel Road, Harrison, Michigan 48625. To share an online memory or condolence with Geraldine’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for Mrs. Pado are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.