Eileen M. Hiter Gerrish, 89, of Potsdam died Sunday, August 8, 2010 at her home of 40 years surrounded by her loving family. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam with Msgr. Robert Aucoin officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.
She was born January 10, 1921 in Potsdam the daughter of Herman Ernest and Catherine Marie (Frederick) Hiter. Eileen was very proud of her father’s 35-year career as a paid fireman for the Potsdam Fire Dept. She was equally proud of her mother’s accomplishments from her graduation from Potsdam Normal School.
At the age of 11, Eileen traveled to NYC by train to stay with a Potsdam business couple and care for their child. Following her high school graduation at Potsdam she was employed at Bryant Boarding Home in Potsdam, and later at Fishman’s Dept. Store.
Eileen was married to Charles Manning Gerrish March 2, 1939 in Potsdam, and was happily married for 71 years. Besides her loving husband she is survived by eight children, Charles O’Niel (Chuck) and his wife Nell Gerrish of Orange, CA, Patricia Ann Hogle of Edgewater, FL and her husband Rodney of Colton, Mary Louise and husband James Perry of Marion, Retha Charlene and Dale Tyo of Hilton, Robert Ernest and his wife Sue Gerrish of Edgewater, FL, Joseph Frederick Gerrish of Rochester, Kathryn Marie (Kathy) and Walter Paul of S. Colton, and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Allen Gerrish and his wife Rebecca of Potsdam; one sister, Rita M. Hiter of Potsdam; and 27 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren.
Eileen was predeceased by one granddaughter, Bobbi Jo Hogle; a great-grandson, Timothy Clemons; a brother, Ernest who died in WWII; and a sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Holden.
Eileen and her husband Charles owned and operated Eileen Gerrish’s Unique Emporium and Antique Glass Shop for 35 years in Potsdam. She enjoyed working in her beautiful floral gardens, and spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her.