Gerda Roseland Chan (1920 - 2014)



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in Kings County, New York United States


on in Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania United States

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Father: Albert Roseland
Mother: Inga Roseland
Siblings: Sylvia (Roseland) Parisella

Husband: Steve Chan
Children with Steve: Julia (Chan) Cortright and Stephanie (Chan) Wicksnes


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Gerda worked as a nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital.


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1920 - In the year that Gerda Roseland Chan was born, on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

1931 - Gerda was merely 11 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

1932 - When she was merely 12 years old, on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

1993 - Gerda was 73 years old when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

1995 - She was 75 years old when on October 16th, the Million Man March took place on the National Mall in Washington DC. The March was organized to address "the ills of black communities and call for unity and revitalization of African American communities". An estimated 850,000 people attended.

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Gerda Chan
Gerda Chan, age 94, a resident of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA died Saturday, October 25, 2014, following an illness.
Born August 21, 1920, in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ingrid Roseland. After spending many summers here, she moved here forty years ago. She had been a resident of both South Canaan and Hawley. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Gerda enjoyed playing board games and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by two daughters: Julia Cortright of Thomasville, NC, and Stephanie Wicksnes of Rowland, PA; one sister: Sylvia Parisella of Brooklyn, NY; five grandchildren: Brian, Juliann, Leif, Cynthia and Kai; eleven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Jones, in 2012.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 29, from 3 to 4:30 PM at Teeters' Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA. The funeral will follow at 4:30 PM at the funeral home.
Private cremation will be held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel. Internment will be held at a later date in Rowland Cemetery, Rowland, PA.

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I was four years old and being severely abused and Gerda Chan saved my life. She physically assaulted the person protecting my abuser and threatened to have them and my abuser arrested and jailed. This was a life saver for me. I looked for her for over 50 years to find her and thank her. I finally found her and she said at age 92 that she wouldn't die until I found her. Then she revealed a SECRET. For years the person who protected my abuser and my own twin said I had lied and I hadn't. She knew that they were lying even though my abuser had died when I was only 12. I loved Gerda for a lifetime and love her still. She was a nurse and she did the right thing. She got my BOOGIE MAN out of my life.
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