Bertha R. “Bert” Geiger, 80, of Highland died Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Scott A. Snider officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
She was born April 21, 1935 in Pierron to John H. and Edna E. (Frisse) Weis. On May 10, 1955, she married Raymond J. Geiger. He passed away on May 22, 2006.
Mrs. Geiger grew up in Pierron and attended Immaculate Conception School. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Wicks Organ Co., and later at Chastain’s of Highland. She then worked at Highland’s Tru-Buy grocery store, where she retired from approximately 18 years ago.
She sold World Book Encyclopedia for many years.
She and her husband lived and farmed southeast of Highland all of their married life. She enjoyed family time and time with friends at the farm.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she also sang in the choir for funerals and participated in Bible study. She was a quilter at church, and a Eucharistic minister for home-bound and nursing home patients. She also helped with the cole slaw at the Kirchenfest for many years.
She was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1580 Ladies Auxiliary and Perpetual Adoration at St. Joseph’s Hospital and was a former member of Daughters of Isabella.
She made annual visits to King’s House in Belleville and worked out daily at Korte Recreation Center.
She volunteered throughout the community, including at the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry (HACSM) food pantry and serving meals at Faith Countryside Homes.
She enjoyed St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and she played euchre on Thursday nights at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall, on Friday nights at the KC Hall in Breese and in tournaments on Sundays.
Survivors include daughters, Deborah A. (Robert) Vance of Highland, Cecilia “Ceil” M. (Steve) Kloss of Highland and Monica S. (Jeffrey) Toennies of Highland; sons, Dale F. (Paula) Geiger of Highland, John J. Geiger of Highland and Ronald R. (Lisa) Geiger of Chicago; grandchildren, Robert E. (Elizabeth) Vance Jr. of Doha, Qatar, Andy S. (Janet) Vance of St. Louis, Mo., Joe P. (Erin) Vance of Barrington, Ill., Tim J. (fiancee Devon Thomas) Vance of Highland, Mary E. Vance of Highland, Gabrielle R. Geiger of Highland, Gage G. Geiger of Highland, Joshua R. (Amy) Kloss of Highland, Derek P. Kloss of Highland, Brittany M. Kloss of Boulder, Colo., Nicholas S. (Lindsay) Toennies of St. Peters, Mo., Tiffany G. (Mark) Iwinski of Mokena, Ill., Alicia R. (Thomas) Rose of Lakewood, Colo., Logan J. Geiger of Highland, Mason L. Geiger of Highland, Nolan Jack Geiger of Highland, Sonja R. Geiger of Chicago and Melissa A. (Thomas) Linas of Chicago; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Cyril “Cy” (Delores) Weis of Pocahontas, Wilbert “Willie” (Anne) Weis, Pierron and Herbert (Shirley) Weis of St. Jacob; a sister, Francis Luitjohan of Grantfork; and a sister-in-law, Marie Weis of Pocahontas.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Donald G. Geiger, who died on May 11, 1996; brothers, Raymond F. Weis, who died on July 10, 2003, Lester F. Weis, who died on Jan. 11, 2006, and Earl L. Weis, who died on Oct. 28, 1994; and a sister, Marie Deak.
Memorial s may be made to King’s House, the St. Paul School Educational Foundation, or to the family.