Shirley A. Geist



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GREECE: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at age 81. Predeceased by her husband, Charles J. (Skip) Geist, her parents Joseph G. and Anna (Scheuerlein) Meier, her sister Adelaide Fahey, and her brothers Joseph and Charles. Survived by her beloved children Charles D. (Grace), Deborah A. (Allen) Tracey, Robert J. (Lisa Rosato), all of Rochester, NY and Richard J. (Marilyn) of Canton, NC. She is also survived by 6 grandsons, Adam (Andrea) Geist and their children, Emily & Zachery, Justin (Susan) Geist, Jared Geist, and Nathan Geist, Joseph Musso and his son, Alexander, and Phillip Lape and his children Christian Lape and Taylor Blanchard. Her great-grandchildren affectionately called her GiGi. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, June Meier, 1 niece, 3 nephews and numerous cousins including Robert (Jean) Brown, Lorraine Chamberlain, Joan Cornell, Elaine Kleinhenz, and Lois (Raymond) Hannan with whom she shared once-a-month Sunday dinners for many years. Also survived by special cousin, Joan (Neil) Goodemote, of Marietta, GA. Mom retired from the Rochester City School District in 1991 after a 27 year career. Her last assignment was as the Corresponding Secretary to the Board of Education. Her children will be forever grateful to her for keeping the family together and for her unconditional love. She will be remembered by her cousins as ‘a wonderful person’ and ‘the life of the party’. Friends may call Sunday, 1-5 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, 10:30 A.M. at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 4100 Lyell Road. Entombment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport NY 14450 in her memory.


  1. Christine Fahey Williams on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Aunt Shirley, Although through the years we didn’t see very much of each other, I always thought about you and how special you were to me when we were growing up. It is a happy thought to know that you and your entire familly are once again re-united in God’s loving care. Love, Chris and Jeff

  2. Linda Imperial Thines on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Family, I was so sorry to read of the death of my dear mentor, Shirley. I knew Shirley beginning in 1978 when I came to work for the RCSD. She was my mentor and friend. She called me ‘sprout’ and was kind and patient while I learned the specifics of my very first job with the district. I will miss Shirley’s hearty laugh and her special ways. I feel priviledged to know her and count her as a friend during our years together at the school district. My condolences to all the family. Shirley loved all of you very much and your well being was always uppermost in her thoughts. With Sincere Sympathy, Linda Thines

  3. Dolores and Chet Casilio on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was deeply saddened at the news of Shirley’s passing. We were cousins and lived close to each other when we were children. I still have a picture of Shirley when she baby sat me when I was a baby. Shirley was a fun-loving gal with a hearty laugh and I always enjoyed being in her company. My prayers go out to her and her family. Remember all of the good days you enjoyed with her and be thankful that she suffers no longer. A special thanks goes to Debi for keeping me informed about Shirley. Dolores Casilio

  4. Meredith Rossborough on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was saddened to hear of Mrs. Geist’s passing. She was a lovely ,thoughtful woman with a great sense of humor. I feel honored to have known her , and am thinking of you in this difficult time. Meredith Rossborough

  5. Sharon and Roger Kjar on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace, blessings, love and beautuiful memories to help you through the difficult days ahead.

  6. Pat and Jim Dubil on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Christine and Jeffrey Williams on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire familly at this very sad time. Love Jeff and Chris

  8. Helaine McMenomy on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Shirley and I worked together in the Dept. of Planning and Research at the RCSD from Sept. 1965 through Dec. 1969. We were co-workers, but also friends spending many an afterwork hour or so discussing not only the events of the day, but various personal matters as well. She gave me a pair of pearl earrings one time for no particular reason other than she thought I might like them, which I did. I still wear them occasionally and always think of her when I do. Now they will have even more special meaning. My sincere condolences to her children and extended family.

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