Mary Geraldine
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Glooucester - Mary Geraldine "Gerry" Oliver, 88, passed away peacefully at her home on December 10th, 2019. Gerry was the wife of Raphael "Raphie" D. Oliver Sr., with whom she shared 69 years of marriage.
Gerry lived a fulfilling life surrounded by family and friends.
Beginning in 1955, she and Raphie ran several family businesses including the Coffee Cup, Surfside Softee on Long Beach, Friend Street Market and ultimately, the Yellow Sub Shop. Given Gerry's passion for her family, she was afforded the opportunity to work with her mother, her sister and her daughter for over 20 years. Opened in 1972, The Yellow Sub Shop was a family business that spanned 40 years and 3 generations. Gerry was known for her unique sense of humor and she loved spending time with her family and friends, especially pool parties in the backyard. She was a religious education teacher and an active member of the Women's Guild at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
Gerry was predeceased by her parents, Esther and Jack Lawler and Carl McCollum, her sister Sandra Olson, her son, Raphael D. Oliver Jr. and his wife Deborah, and Carl McCollum, Jr. Left to cherish her memories are her husband Raphael "Raphie" Oliver Sr.; her daughter, Renee Nicastro and her husband Joseph A. Nicastro, Jr. and their children, Joseph A. III and Kristin Nicastro of Cumberland, RI; Blakely and Andrew Calabrese of Danvers, MA and Kaicia and Jay Pratt of Gloucester; grandchildren, Nina and Steve Gordon of Flower Mound, Texas, Raphael D. Oliver III of Quincy MA; and Gilbert R. Oliver of Denton, Texas. Gerry's 13 great-grandchildren; Tessa, Joseph IV and Carolina Nicastro; Andrew IV and Lorenzo Calabrese; Peyton, Kyla, Kamryn and Piper Pratt; Brooklyn and Delilah Gordon and Scarlett and Cordelia Oliver. She is also survived by a very special niece and Goddaughter, Melanie Olson Giles and her husband Aaron; special grand nephews and grandniece Jax, Tristan and Ariana Giles; two brothers, Dana McCollum and his wife, Karen and Steve McCollum; and a very special loving family friend, Grace Muniu of Bronx, N.Y.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation for the extraordinary care given to Gerry by Beacon Hospice, her nurse Arthur, and caregivers Charlene, Cathy and Diane.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later date. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at The Gloucester House Restaurant on Sunday, December 15th from 4 to 7 p.m. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at:
Published on December 13, 2019


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Kali Vaccarella (Oliver) and Kenneth Oliver
Dec 14, 2019
It is with great sadness that we have lost another cherished member of our family. Living in Florida did not allow us to see Aunt Gerry much, but we have fond memories of our time together in Gloucester (especially at the sub shop). Our love, prayers, and support go out to the family, but faith will have us all together again.
Cindy Peterson
Dec 13, 2019
Dear family. I’m so sorry to hear Gerry’s passing. She will be greatly missed. I loved her laugh, her sense of humor, her love for her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Faye medina
Dec 13, 2019
Sorry for your loss
Karen Oliver Darisay
Dec 13, 2019
Sending you all my love and prayers. I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to another so soon. 💔 Wish we could be there to give hugs and celebrate Gerry's memory. She was a special lady, who raised a special son Raphael who married my sister Debby. Together they enjoyed so many laughs and love. And now they are all together again in peace and free from any pain. I am so thankful for the hope of heaven to reunite one day. My son Josh had made a few trips back east in recent years and came to love Raphie and Gerry. I'm so glad he got to experience Gloucester and our family there. Especially with this generation leaving us. Breaks my heart. Love you family. ❤️
Carole Goodwin
Dec 13, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Mary Geraldine "Gerry" Oliver by Carole Goodwin.  Send flowers
Carl, Donna and Cassandra Hawk of Westfield, MA.
Dec 13, 2019
Jerry's sister, Sandy, would bring me to Gloucester (before I married)for family weekends. There was always a party of some type going on. I have fond memories of Jerry (she liked bingo) and the kindness she showed me. I even helped at some of the food ventures in Rockport and Wingaersheek Beach so family could attend weddings, etc. My love to all the family. Carl
Rosalie Nicastro
Dec 13, 2019
To the family of Gerry,
I am so sorry! I worked with Gerry at the Yellow Sub Shop! She was a hard working lady. Always worked right alone side of us. She was so funny. We had a lot of laughs. She was a special person who loved life and her family. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss! May she Rest In Peace.