Geraldine M. Leiden
(Tranquillo), born July 13, 1935, died February 12, 2020, at home with her sister Louise by her side. Preceded in death by beloved husband, Henry R. Leiden; father, Amedeo Tranquillo; mother, Theresa (Gigliotti) Tranquillo; and siblings, Rose Gaultiere (Frank), Virginia Rapone (Paul), Gemma Yarnish (John), Matilda Duke (Charles), Victor F. Tranquillo (Patricia), and sister-in- law Rose Ann (Roberts) Tranquillo. Survived by sister Louise Tranquillo and brother Alfred Tranquillo (Sylvia). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Geraldine (Gerri) graduated from Altoona Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1956, and went on to enjoy a distinguished career in nursing and caring for others. Gerri was employed as a registered nurse at Altoona Mercy Hospital and Johnstown Mercy/Conemaugh Hospital for several years, retiring in 1995. Although formally "retired", Gerri continued her kindhearted ways by tending to the needs of many elderly friends and neighbors throughout the Ligonier community. She was well known and respected as a compassionate nurse and selfless person. Gerri was a parishioner and choir member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier, and a past parishioner and choir member of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Catholic Church, Lilly. Special thanks to the professional staff of Bethlen Home Health and Hospice, as well as Gerri's friends and caregivers; Patti Marsh and the family of Elaine Trzeciak. Friends will be received from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at Matthew R. DeCort Funeral Home, Portage PA. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020, at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Catholic Church, Lilly, Father Matthew Reese, celebrant. Memorial contributions in Gerri's memory may be made to Bethlen Home Health and Hospice, 327 West Vincent St., Ligonier, PA 15658 or Lilly Coal Miner's Memorial Park, Maintenance Care Fund, 417 Cleveland St., Lilly, PA 15938.
Published on February 14, 2020


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Kathy Shaulis
Feb 16, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Gerri's Family. She was a very good friend andd will be missed greatly.
Laura Brown
Feb 14, 2020
I first met Gerri through the Trzeciak’s. My daughter went to school with Eddie and went to GirlScouts with Mel. With Gerri living right next door I saw a great deal of her- she would always poke her head out the door and ask how I was! I also saw her down at the school where she loved to volunteer to make lunches for the kids. We would have the best conversations!!! She was a fellow Penguins fan and when I would come and visit- we loved to watch the game together—- there is a game on tonite and I will be watching it thinking of her!!! What a special woman she was- she always had good things to say about everyone— she will be missed!!