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Geraldine "Jeri" Mae Rislove

April 19, 1932 - July 15, 2020

Geraldine Jeri Rislove passed peacefully from this life to her heavenly reward on July 15, 2020 due to natural causes.  Jeri was 88 years young.

Jeri was born Geraldine Mae Wright on April 19, 1932 to Vern and Ruby Wright in Cle Elum, Washington and spent her early years growing up in nearby Cabin Creek with her parents and brothers, Al and Ted.

She met her future husband, William G. Slonecker, when they were students at Bremerton High School and together, they had four children.

Jeri was a stay-at-home mom for many years.  She was one of the charter, (founding) members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Salem and served as church secretary in its early years and later helped to establish the Stephen Ministries program at the church.  She remained active in the church throughout her lifetime.

In 1977 Jeri married Keith Rislove who she met while working for the State of Oregon in the Department of Education.

Jeri was preceded in death by her parents, husband Keith, and brothers Al and Ted.  She is survived by her children William (Mary) Slonecker, Leslie Sawyer, Carrie (Chuck) Merriam, Keith (Wendy) Slonecker and stepdaughter Leslie (Chuck) Briese.

She will be dearly missed as a wonderful mother by her children, her extended family of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a sweet, loving and caring friend to all of us who knew and loved her.

We will all miss her laughter, her light, and her welcoming smile as well as her legendary marionberry cobblers and Red Velvet birthday cakes!

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. 

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I will miss you so much Grandma and you will always be in my heart! I love you!

I am so very sorry about Jeri's passing.  She was always so welcoming, so kind and just a beautiful lady.  I always enjoyed spending time with her and I know she will be missed by friends and family.  Many blessings to your family. 

So, Jeri, I can only say it was my distinct advantage to have worked with you @ Our Savior's. Pastors do have friends;
you were one of my best. Thank you. Blessed memories to family and friends.

Mrs. Slonecker, as I knew her when we lived directly behind their house, was such a nice mom.  I spent many hours playing at their house with Carrie and Leslie.  I know she is missed.

Rest In Peace,