Auglaize County, Ohio

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Auglaize County Death Records

Last Name: Geiger

First Name: Gertrude F.

Father's Name: John Geiger

Mother's Maiden Name: Caroline E. Settlage

Spouse's Name:

Death Date: May 31, 1968

Cause of Death: Cancer

Cause of Death: St. Marys, Auglaize County OH

Source: St. Marys Evening Leader

Additional: Miss Gertrude F. Geiger, age 64, 133 N. Wayne St. veteran Memorial High School teacher, died at 11:40 p.m. Friday at Joint Township Memorial Hospital. She had been a patient there since March 27, with the exception of five days for the treatment of cancer. Miss Geiger had begun her 41st year as a teacher at Memorial high school when she learned she had a cancer in the espophagus. She reponded to cobalt treatments and resumed teaching January 22 after her first sick leave during her long tenure of service. On March 24 she was obliged by illness to discontinue teaching again and two days later entered the hospital. She lapsed suddenly into a coma Thursday evening. Miss Geiger was the daughter of the late John F. and Caroline Settlage Geiger. She was born in St. Marys on July 16, 1903. Following her graduation from St. Marys high school in 1921, she was employed for two years as an assistant in the dental office of the late Dr. I.W. Wright. She then entered Capital University, Columbus where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1927 with a magor in English and minor in French. She was the fourth in her family to enter the teaching profession when she joined Memorial high school faculty in 1927. During her years of service she had taught English, French, Civics and Girls Physical Education. During her earlier years as a physical education teacher she had coached girl basketball teams for both inter-mural and intra-mural participation. She was proud of the achievements of many of her students in English and French in higher education was especially pleased when they were given an advanced status at thir entry into college. She watched their progress with keen interest. Letters of appreciation for her services from pupils, former pupils and thir parents cheered her during her illness. She had a true appreciation of good literature and poetry which she sought to pass on to her students. She was regarded as outstanding in the field of grammar. Miss Geiger is survived by five sisters, Mrs. B .H. (Alma) Lutterbein of Edgerton, Mrs. T.C. (Clara) Deweese, of Lima, the Misses Marguerite M, Edith W. and Kathryn C. Geiger with whom she shared the family home; one niece and six nephews, 23 grandnieces and nephews in addition to many other relatives and friends. She was a member of Zion Lutheran church. She was also a member of the St. Marys Education Association, Ohio Education Association, National Education Association and National English Teachers Association. During her illness she was patient and uncomplaining, more concerned about her responsibilities to the students in the classes than about her own condition. She was happy when she had responded to treatment and could return to teaching the second sememster, hopful that she could finish the year. Funeral services for Miss Geiger will he held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran church with the Rev. Theodore T. Stellhorn III officiating. Burial will take place in Elm Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Yoder and Long Funeral Home anytime Sunday and until noon Monday when the body will be moved to the church to lie in state until the hour of rites. The family suggust that those wishing to give memorial gifts give them to Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund, the Central PTA Scholarship fund or charity of their choice.