Grace Arlene (Gerig) Harrison

March 19, 2021

Grace Arlene (Gerig) Harrison

Grace Arlene (Gerig) Harrison – of Woburn, formerly of Grabill, IN, died peacefully, March 19th. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel Raymond Harrison. Proud mother of Daniel Harrison, his husband John Baldarelli of Northampton, the late Timothy Harrison (1969-1993), Stephen Harrison of Peabody, David Harrison, his wife Stefanie (Heinemann) of Maynard and cherished grandchildren Lucas, Julian and Matilda. Dear sister of deceased Dwain Gerig (1932-1946), Charlotte (Gerig) Warner and Lowena Gerig, of Leo, Indiana.  Also survived by loving nieces, nephews and countless friends around the world.  Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24th, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. A memorial service to honor Arlene’s life will take on April 20th in Grabill Missionary Church in Grabill, Indiana. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Arlene memory to the NuPath, Inc, 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801 and Grabill Missionary Church,13637 State Street P.O. Box 279 Grabill, IN 46741.

Grace Arlene (Gerig) Harrison – of Woburn, formerly of Grabill, IN, died peacefully, March 19th. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel Raymond Harrison.

Born and raised in Grabill, Indiana, Arlene was the beloved daughter of the late Abner and Annabelle (Smith) Gerig. Arlene received her bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in 1956 and her Masters of Education from Ball State University in 1962 (at a time when only 6% of women achieved advanced degrees).  In 1958 Arlene answered God’s call and began a life of unselfish service, assuming a teaching post at a missionary school in Sierra Leone, West Africa where she met the love of her life, Ray (a Brit!), married, raised four sons and served the Lord for twenty-five years.

At the age of 5, Arlene gave her heart to the Lord and soon after discovered she was blessed with perfect (absolute) pitch – a rare gift enjoyed by less than 1% of the population.  Her talent and aptitude for music soon became hallmark to Arlene’s life, and she became a proficient pianist and organist (and when needed, accordionist!), teaching piano lessons to hundreds of children over the years, arranging and directing musicals, recitals and programs, and leading and singing in choirs – all in service to God.

Although Arlene was the ideal missionary and devoted pastor’s wife following her husband through the many phases of his pastoral ministry, her vibrant presence was never eclipsed as her gifts and talents helped change lives and illuminate every space she entered. Arlene was a rare creative with a passion for life, deep love for her family and a faithfulness to God that carried through a life filled with both great joy and aching personal loss.

Widowed in 2017 after 52 years of marriage, Arlene remained in Grabill until a decline in her physical health necessitated her move to the Boston area in 2019 so she could be closer to her three sons and grandchildren in her remaining years.  Even during a period of grave physical decline, Arlene used her talents to serve God and bless others, playing the piano daily for other residents of her assisted living community, and helping to raise money and becoming a beloved spokesperson and champion for people living with disabilities through NuPath, Inc., her son’s organization in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Proud mother of Daniel Harrison, his husband John Baldarelli of Northampton, the late Timothy Harrison (1969-1993), Stephen Harrison of Peabody, David Harrison, his wife Stefanie (Heinemann) of Maynard and cherished grandchildren Lucas, Julian and Matilda. Dear sister of deceased Dwain Gerig (1932-1946), Charlotte (Gerig) Warner and Lowena Gerig, of Leo, Indiana.  Also survived by loving nieces, nephews and countless friends around the world. 

Always humble and self-effacing, no one will ever know the untold lives Arlene touched during her life on Earth and through her steadfast service to God.  She will be dearly missed by those who loved her and the world a little less bright from her passing.

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24th, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. A memorial service to honor Arlene’s life will take on April 20th in Grabill Missionary Church in Grabill, Indiana. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Arlene memory to the NuPath, Inc, 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801 and Grabill Missionary Church,13637 State Street P.O. Box 279 Grabill, IN 46741.   

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects from 4-6 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. A memorial service to honor Arlene’s life will take on April 20th in Grabill Missionary Church in Grabill, Indiana. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Arlene memory to the NuPath, Inc, 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801 and Grabill Missionary Church,13637 State Street P.O. Box 279 Grabill, IN 46741.

Guestbook

18 Entries

Leave an entry

  1. Deirdre Hunter

    Dear Dan and Family,
    My condolences on the loss of your mother, someone so dear to you and many others. You have done so much for each other and for her during some of the most difficult times, demonstrating your love and care in many big and small ways. I hope that in this time of grief and transition you continue to find support and encouragement in each other and your many friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Deirdre Hunter

  2. Stephen Harrigan

    Dear Dan,David,and Stephen,
    We want to offer our condolences and love in the passing of your mother as well as your father both uncle Ray and aunt Arlene were special people to us from my first grade years at KRMS when your mom was my teacher to the many years of ministry that they had. And you guys were there as well for so many good memories . We have enjoyed a wonderful life in Sierra Leone together and we are grateful for all that they have done to invest in our lives. Much love Stephen and Sheila Harrigan

  3. Julie Santosus

    Dear Dan and Family,
    What a wonderful tribute to a life so wonderfully lived; I’m so sorry for your loss. For sure, Arlene’s selfless service to others will have an exponentially positive impact for generations to come. Keeping you in thought and praying each of you experience a steady flow of memories that bring constant comfort.

  4. Dear Dan, Stephen & David. I am sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to meet your mother on a few occasions and she always greeted me with a warm, loving smile. Please accept my condolence.

  5. Dan and family,
    I’m sorry to learn of your mother’s passing, I did not get the opportunity to meet her in person, however I feel that I know her just by your videos that you shared with us in Nupath. My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Your mother was an amazing woman and she will truly be missed.

  6. Dan and family we are sorry about your loss of your Mother. Dan you are a wonderful son and we admire how well you took care of your Mother. You learned from the Best. Treasure your memories. She will be with you always in Spirit. Our prayers to all of you at this difficult time. Love, the Sespico Family-Frank, Diann, Nicol and Frankie

  7. Kristyn Villare

    Dan and family – so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was so fun-loving and sweet. We are all thinking of you during this time.

  8. Dear Dan, David, Stephen and family members, please accept my profound condolences on the loss of your mother. Arlene was a great lady who enhanced the lives of whomever she came in contact with. Not to mention the video sensation she became while fundraising with Dan on behalf of NuPath! Peace and comfort be with you all at this time.

  9. Heather Gramstorff

    Dear Dan, David and Stephen, our most sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. May it bring you joy to know she is in the arms of the lord,and holding hands with your dad and holding your brother that she lost way too young to loose. She no longer has pains and worries. She’s finally home. May peace and love get you through this difficult time
    Heather and Ted Gramstorff Nupath employee

  10. Vic and Barbara Reffey

    Dear Dan, Steve and David, What a wonderful mom you had. She was such a Godly woman and so supportive of us while we were at KRMS. So many wonderful memories. Always cherished her friendship and wise counsel over the years. She will be missed.
    Love to all, Uncle Vic and Aunt Barbara

  11. Dan, Stephen, and David, I send my sympathy to you and your families. I have been remembering times in Sierra Leone. My first time of meeting your family was in Masanga where your dad and brother were being treated after the accident. Then school started and all the activities at KRMS and the Bible School. When your parents transferred to the States we kept in touch but I didn’t get to see you. Several times I was asked to speak at Grabill and every time your mom did her hospitality thing and had me and my mom over for refreshments afterwards and good fellowship. My family appreciated it so much that your mom played the organ for my dad’s memorial service. So my thoughts and prayers are with you. Janet Nickel

  12. Dan and the Harris Family. I was so saddened to hear of your beautiful Mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Our Heartfelt condolences to the family and especially Dan. I had met Arline at the NuPath Walk where we spent a few hours together. She had me laughing the entire time. What a sweet person. She will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Scott, Taeyanna, Myah and Cole

  14. Michelle Belliveau

    Dear Dan and the entire family,
    Our Deepest Sympathy and Loving thoughts are with you. Your mom was a sweet woman that I thankfully had the pleasure to meet.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family
    Michelle and Brandon

  15. Lisa Fernandez-Walcott

    Our deepest Condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Lisa and Ronald Walcott

  16. Dear Dan and family members, sending my condolences to you and your family members. I had the pleasure of meeting your mother a few times and thought what a loving and caring person. My prayers to all of you at this difficult time

  17. Dear Dan, David, Stephen and members of Arline’s family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother and loved one. She was a great lady and loved you all so much. I saw her on Thursday by chance and said hello and goodbye not realizing she would be called home so soon. Peace be with you all at this time.

Leave a guestbook entry

Guestbook entries are moderated — please allow 24-48 hours for your entry to appear. Your email address will not be published.