She was born in Monroe, Wisc., to Herman and Gertrude (Dick) Dahms on Nov. 5, 1913. Because her father was an efficiency engineer, the family moved around a lot. She attended schools in Warsaw Ind.; Monroe, Wisc.; Chicago, Ill.; and Ligonier, Ind., and eventually graduated high school in Bluffton, Ind., in 1932.
The year of her graduation was during The Great Depression and her father didn’t have a job, so he leased a filling station where both she and her sister, June, helped on weekends serving free ice cream cones to help drum up business. Mr. Earl Conrad of Warsaw suggested her father relocate to Warsaw and open up a public accounting office, which he did. Geraldine helped her Ffather part-time in his office and also worked at Collins Ice Cream and Beverage Factory as a bookkeeper. While at the factory, she met George E. (Gordy) Bumbaugh. They courted for 3 1/2 years and were married on Oct. 25, 1940, at The First Methodist Church of Warsaw. After 66 years of a wonderful marriage, Gordy passed away in 2007.
Geraldine was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member at Large to the Beta Zeta chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority. She and her Husband enjoyed delivering mobile meals for years. They also traveled extensively and managed to see every state in the U.S., with the exception of NH and AK. She also loved baking cookies for Christmas and had 8-12 varieties, of which she baked 10-12 dozen each, giving them away as gifts to family and friends.
Geraldine leaves behind an adopted son: Stephen K. Bumbaugh Sr., Charleston, W.V.; three grandsons: Stephen K. Bumbaugh Jr. and Jimmy D Womble, Leesburg; and Shane Paige, Warsaw; a granddaughter: Shannon Paige, Logansport; a sister and spouse: June and Eugene Fisher, North Manchester.
She was preceded in death by an adopted daughter: Sharon Bumbaugh; and her husband: George.
There is no planned viewing or memorial services to be held.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.