Sarah Geraldine “Geri” Ardillo Cottrell Obituary

Sarah Geraldine “Geri” Ardillo Cottrell, 93, of Henderson, NV formerly of Erie, PA, died Friday, August 12, 2022.

Geri was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on February 27, 1929, the daughter of the late Fortunato “Tony” Ardillo and Felicia “Phyllis” Marie Nasca Ardillo.

Geri a loving mother and friend to everyone.

She graduated from Wesleyville High School in 1947 in Wesleyville, PA. She was active in the photography club, etc. After high school, she was a short-term cook/waitress at Russ’s Diner. Geri took business courses and continued her career as an accountant at the 1st National Bank in 1965-1973, then she was financial director of the builder Harold Cottrell created in 1965 for new construction and renovation. Retired in 1997, she then traveled to the United States with her husband Harold, to visit family and friends. In 2005 the decision was made to move to Henderson, NV.

Geri was instrumental in high school class reunion committees. She loved learning and history, took education courses i.e. computer programming/data entry, real estate, the “volunteer” adoptive grandparents program and has Hosted primary school-aged children, Wisdom is working on tutor training to be certified in “Family in an Aging Society”. Geri’s other passion was cooking and baking for the family. I loved the music/dance, the holidays, the butterflies. She was patriotic and loved the RED WHITE BLUE American flag. Geri also enjoyed playing card games and putting together puzzles.

She is survived by her children, Dr Joe Hamilton of Las Vegas, NV, John Hamilton (Barbara) of Charlotte, NC, Toni Hamilton-Herring (Brian) of Tucson, AZ, Robin Cottrell Little (Dave) of Las Vegas, NV , Harold L Cottrell II (Diane) of Henderson, NV, and Princess Cottrell Harding (David) of Pierre, SD, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, Brenda Ochs Saul (Mark) of Tucson, Az and of numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Geri is predeceased by her husband of 60 years Harold L Cottrell and her 3 siblings Fortunato “Carl”, Anthony “Tony”, Richard Ardillo. With stepson Sam Hamilton and 1 grandson Westyn Hamilton and 1 great-grandchild Jaxson Garza.

The family would like to thank Pacifica Senior Living Green Valley, Alternative Home Care, Ameery Home Care II and the team at Atrium Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Geri. Special thanks to Adrienne Kloecker for all the funeral arrangements!

The memorial service will be held in Erie, Pennsylvania on September 27, 2022. A separate announcement will be issued.

Services are private. Interment is at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery, Erie PA. Kloecker-Bailey Funeral Home and Crematorium, Inc. is making arrangements. Send your condolences to

Posted on September 03, 2022

Posted in Erie Times-News

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