Gerry Harder Poriss
Gerry Harder Poriss
  • March 20, 1927 - November 3, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

Share This Obituary

Arrangements made by

Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Get Directions

Profile of Nelsen Williamsburg

View Phone Number
Email Us

Gerry Harder Poriss, nee Geraldine Jeannette Harder, was born March 20, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois and died in Williamsburg, Virginia, on November 3, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William S. and Edna J.Harder, her husband of 42 years, Ralph G. Poriss, and her devoted friend, Arthur Auvermann, Jr. She is survived by many cousins, including Lori Stauber of Orland Park, Illinois and Gary (Sandra) Patelski, of Chicago; her daughter in Christ, Diane W. Bishop; of Ellizabethon, Tennessee; her dear and faithful friends and care-givers, Paula and Ken Eggers; Otis L. Haislip, Jr. and Phyllis Hall Haislip, of Williamsburg, and Nancy M. Jakobs, all of Williamsburg; and many other cousins and dear friends.
A resident of Williamsburg since 1988, she and her husband lived previously in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Newcastle, Maine. At the time of her death she was a resident of Brookdale Williamsburg Senor Living, where among other activities, she served on the Resident Council.
She taught art for nearly 26 years, leaving that profession to become a professional artist. Her work is owned by collectors in 14 states, with a number here in Virginia, Also interested in Liturgical Art, she was commissioned to design wall hangings for two Synagogues in Phoenix, Arizona, and the logos and banners for two Lutheran churches. which she and her husband helped found. (Water of Life in Newcastle, Maine and King of Glory in Williamsburg.)
She also wrote for the philatelic press, several hobby magazines, an unpublished fact-based novel entitled, "The House on Ladd's Hill Road" the history of the home in Maine which she and her husband once owned. Together with her husband, she wrote "While my Country is in Danger", a non-fiction book based on the letters of a Civil War soldier.
After cremation, a memorial service will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4897 Longhill Road, on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 AM. She will be buried next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to King of Glory Building Fund and the Alzheimer's Association.