Gerald J. 'Mac' McGreevy

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Memorial services for Mr. Gerald J. McGreevy, 86, of Spencer, formerly of Nevada, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Nevada.

Visitation will begin one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.

Interment will take place at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery of Nevada.

Gerald passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at St. Luke Lutheran Home of Spencer.

Gerald was born on July 9, 1921, in Ackley, Iowa. He graduated from Ackley High School in 1939. In 1943, after two years of college, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was a radio operator in the South Pacific and was awarded four battle stars before being honorably discharged in January, 1946. He graduated from Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls in 1947. He was united in marriage to Helen L. Diemer, with whom he had five children.

Mac, as he was known to family and friends, taught school and coached football, basketball, baseball, and his first teaching position was at Ellsworth, Iowa. He taught and coached at Doon and Graettinger, before moving to Nevada in 1957 to assume the position of junior high school principal. In 1964, he obtained his Master's Degree in school administration from Iowa State University. He organized the first high school golf team for Nevada and coached golf for several years. He retired from teaching in May of 1983.

He moved to Iowa City in 2004, to be near his daughter, Victoria. He died in St. Luke Home, in Spencer, where he had been living for the past six months.

Mac was a member of St. Patrick's parish in Nevada for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sisters: Eleanor, Edith, Lucille, Ruth; and brothers: Gilbert, Hubert, Robert, and Paul.

Mac is survived by his five children: Frank McGreevy, of Ames, Teresa Mohr and husband, Chuck of Spencer, Helen Hoff and husband, Rex of Casper, Wyo., Victoria Steelman, of Iowa City, and Patti Fox and husband, Mitch of Shell Lake, Wisc.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; his brother, Wilfrid of Ventura, Calif.; and sisters: Mary Schweizer, of Bothell, Wash., Rita McGreevy of Los Angeles, Calif., Clare Hudson of Loves Park. Ill., and Elizabeth Ward of Seattle, Wash.

Memorials may be directed to either St. Patrick's Church or the Literacy Center of Harlingen.