Stella E. Geyer, age 90, of 122 Skyline Dr., Kersey, died early Monday morning, Oct. 18, 2010, after a lengthy illness.
Kersey was Stella's lifelong home, as she lived and died in the house where she was born Jan. 2, 1920, the daughter of the late Anna (Hoffman) and John Spangler. It is where she and her husband, Leo, raised their three daughters and cared for her parents in their declining years. It's where she nursed her husband in his last illness. It's where children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren still gathered and enjoyed her practical wisdom, her colorful proverbs and her sharp memory of people, places, and history.
Her hands were always busy even as she aged and weakened. She used her energy, time and talents to continue to make afghans, mittens, hats and slippers that she generously gave to relatives, friends, neighbors and to support community fundraisers. Many new babies received special layettes and personalized quilts. She made and donated dozens of baby quilts to the Guardian Angels Center. Afghans were made for Operation Kentucky and other worthy causes.
When she wasn't working on a particular sewing project, she made bibs, pot holders, baby blankets, doll clothes and more quilts in case there was a need. Hundreds of these handmade gifts of love have warmed and will continue to warm the hearts and bodies of those who knew her, and many who would never know her name. All will appreciate the quality of her workmanship and snuggle in the warmth of her generosity.
Her legacy will live on it the gifts she shared and in the example of a life that was lived without complaints, with dignity and with the joy of service.
She is survived by three daughters, Ellen Taylor (Melvin) of Johnsonburg, Linda Galmish (Denny) of Kersey and Mary Malone (Paul) of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Viola Riddle of Oregon and Anna Rahm of Michigan.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, on Oct. 17, 1990, two grandchildren, Edward Galmish and Jared Taylor; four brothers, John, George, Milo and Arthur Spangler; and three sisters, Alice Spangler, Helen Shuryan and Imelda Janes.
A Mass of Christian Burial for the late Stella E. Geyer will be celebrated at St. Boniface Church on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, Center Street, on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Community Nurses Inc., St. Boniface, or to a charity of one's choice.