*********Due to the Pandemic and the restrictions that go with it, the Celebration of Life that was planned for May 7th, has been postponed, a future date has not been set yet. We are hoping for sometime this summer*****
Gerri Gribi passed away Thanksgiving afternoon. She was loved by many and inspired many more planting metaphorical seeds and actual seeds. She was a unique individual who saw the world from a different angle than most. She always sought to make the world a little fairer and a little kinder. She was endlessly curious, incredibly resourceful, and a great organizer.
Born in Cincinnati, she developed a love of history starting her career at the Cincinnati Historical Society. Then managed camps for the Cincinnati Girl Scouts. She moved on and up north to Green Bay to work for the Girl Scouts. Her creative spirit led her to a different calling.
Gerri developed several music presentations including Womenfolk, a study of women’s history in song. She put out several albums Including the ‘Womenfolk’ album and a number of albums for children, ‘Monsters in the Closet’ and ‘Best of Friends’ among the most popular. For 20 years, she traveled the US and Canada performing. Ironically, she hated being among crowds of people, an introvert and proud of it. But please don’t spread that around.
She was a very active volunteer. She helped with the Friends of the Brown County Library book sale. She worked with other volunteers to re=organize the effort and eventually she served as director of the book sale
Her favorite volunteer activity was with the Botanical Garden doing a little bit of everything from directing parking for the festival of lights to greeting people at the front desk. She especially enjoyed digging in the gardens herself. Her favorite role however was the role of garden ambassador, where she could share her love of the garden with others.
She is survived by her husband Pete Dignan, sisters Micky and Mary Beth and brother Tony and a slew of friends. You inspired us all.
There will be an informal visitation on Wednesday, December 4 from 3pm to 5pm at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. However, a Celebration of her life will be held sometime in the spring (TBD) also at the Botanical Garden --An update --The Celebration of Life is on Thursday May 7th at 5pm at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.
The Celebration of Life has been postponed we are hopeful to have it sometime in the summer, depending on how things develop. Watch for announcements. More at