Jerry K. Christman March 25, 1939 – January 12, 2019 Jerry Christman passed into God’s eternal care on Saturday, January 12, 2019 of complications following a stroke. She is survived by her children with their families: Tracy and Rudy Christman-König and Jay and Kristi Christman with her granddaughters Caylor, Connley and Camryn as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Chris Hartzell. She enjoyed her numerous nieces and nephews (Scott & Jackie, Jenny & Steve, Jeff & Nancy, Tammy & Glenn, Terri & Jim, Jill, Suzanne & Brad, Heidi & Ryley, Sara & Andrew and Lili & Matt) together with their children. She is preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents Willard and Evelyn Hartzell and her parents-in-law, Jim and Minnie Christman. Jerry devoted her life to serving God and others, in her early years as an executive secretary, then as a wife of 38 years to Jim, as a mother and grandmother, and in service to many as a friend and counselor. Jerry was a remarkable writer; using her gift to share words of love and encouragement in countless cards sent to friends and family members over the years. As a woman of faith, Jerry lived a life of love and caring for those around her. She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church throughout her life, first at Salem Lutheran Church of Ellerton in Miamisburg, Ohio, then at Rock of Ages Lutheran in Stone Mountain, Georgia and finally at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia. She invested her time and gifts in lay counseling, maintaining the church library and keeping the parish register for many years. A faithful friend to many, Jerry maintained relationships going back to her school days in Jefferson Township in Ohio and including a broad network of friends in the Atlanta area. She cared for and visited the sick, helped friends in need and made sure no one was forgotten. Her cards and letters encouraged and ministered to many over the years. As a mother and grandmother, she loved her family and supported them in whatever way possible. Whether caring for her three granddaughters weekly or visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Switzerland, she went above and beyond to stay in touch. Jerry will be remembered for her kindness, her faith, her generosity, her attention to detail, her skill with numbers and finances, her love for plants and flowers, her love of family and her beautiful smile. A viewing will take place at Wages and Sons Funeral Home (Gwinnett Chapel at 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046) on Wednesday evening, January 16, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 pm. The graveside service will be take place at Arlington Cemetery (201 Mount Vernon Hwy., Atlanta, GA 30328) on Thursday, January 17 beginning at 10:30 am, and a Service of Celebration of her life will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (731 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308) on Thursday, January 17 beginning at 1:00 pm.

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  1. Dear Jay, Kristi, Caylor, Connelly and Camryn. It was such a privilege to know Jerry and to observe her when she was with all of you. She was the true definition of what a mother and grandmother should be. God bless you and give you comfort and strength. Rest in peace, our dear friend.

  2. Jerry has been my friend for 75 years. We never had a quarrel. She was devoted to and maintained a special relationship with everyone she ever had as a friend. Her faith and devotion to her church were absolute. She will live on because we will never forget her.

  3. Gerry was one of the first people we met at Redeemer. she had a genuine interest and concern for others. We will miss her greatly.

  4. Dear Tom, Tracy and Jay,
    Words can never express the sorrow I am feeling at the passing of my dearest friend. I will miss our every other week phone calls where we discussed life, family and aging….we grew up so deeply involved with each others lives and stayed in touch over these past 74 years….may you know that others are thinking of you and know that Jerry was loved by many.

  5. DEAR TRACY AND JAY, WE ARE so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was our neighbor and friend for many years on Millstone. How we loved to garden together! We remember the wonderful tray of homemade, delicious and beautiful cookie tray she would bring us at Christmas time! Our children still talk about her. May she enjoy eternity gardening in heaven. She was a lovely lady and your dad was a wonderful gentleman.

  6. I recently found the obituary and unaware of Gerry’s passing. My heart goes out to Tracy and Jay and all family of Gerry and Jim. A beautiful couple. Jim was the utmost inspiration in my life. They are together now. I will not forget Gerry and Jim. My condolences to the family and may God have all in his grace and keeping.

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