Geraldine Crumb

Obituary of Geraldine J. Crumb

Geraldine J. Crumb died April 18, 2021. Gerry was born in Utica, NY on  October 16, 1937. She was the daughter of James F. and Catherine A. (Migliaccio) Vitale. She attended Bleecker Street Grammar School and graduated from Thomas R. Proctor High School in 1955. She graduated as a registered nurse from the Faxton Hospital School of Nursing in 1958, and later obtained her advanced degree from Utica College. Her career as a nurse spanned many decades but she most enjoyed her time as an emergency room nurse at Faxton Hospital. 

On December 27, 1958, Gerry married Donald L. Crumb, Sr. at St Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Utica NY. 

Gerry raised her family in Boonville NY. She enjoyed hosting holidays and any other occasion with her family, extended family and friends. For over 20 years she hosted “Snow Day” at the family farm. Her guests enjoyed cross country skiing, sledding, tubing, and lots of food. She instilled a love of reading in her children and was a huge fan of both the Erwin Library and Institute and Dodge Pratt Northam Art & Community Center. Her other great enjoyment was travel. She and Don traveled all over the United States and Europe. Their adventures were legendary.

In 2019 Gerry and Don relocated to Chapel Oaks in Rochester.     

In addition to her husband, Don Crumb, she is survived by her children, Jeralynn Crumb of Rochester, NY, Jill (George) Humphrey of Terryville CT,  David Crumb of Missoula MT, Douglas (Terry) Crumb of Ocean View, DE and Don (Carol Giotto) Crumb of Penfield NY, her five grandchildren Doug (Karen) Crumb, Dawn (Joe) McDevitt, Brianna (Christopher) Stalker, Monique Wynecoop and Dustin Crumb, twelve great grandchildren (several of them referred to her as Great-Grape) Doug, Kate, Anna, and Michael Crumb, Leah Waits, Hannah and Jeremy McDevitt,  Scarlett and Gwendolynn Stalker, Clayton, Oceana, and River Wynecoop. She is also survived by a sister Johanna Zesutko, a brother and sister-in-law  Jim and Fran Vitale, cousins Daniel and Jeanne Convertino, Sisters-in-law Audrey (Ward) Wheelock, Jean Hyatt, and Sharon (Jack) Lipkin. She was predeceased by her parents, her infant sister Beverly, and her in-laws Frederick and Ina Crumb, and her very special aunt, Adeline (“Aunt Dolly”) Musa.

Services are to be held privately. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to either The Erwin Library and Institute, 104 Schuyler St., Boonville, NY 13309-1005 ( or the Dodge Pratt Northam Art & Community Center, 106 Schuyler St., Boonville, New York 13309 (

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