Velma Geister, 82, a resident at the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at the care center following a lengthy illness.
Velma Charlotte Cook was born June 8, 1924, in Marcus, the daughter of Henry and Agness (Niehus) Cook. She graduated from Holy Name High School in Marcus with the class of 1943. Following her education Velma worked at Nagle's Dress Shop. She later worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. as a fingerprint analyst.
Velma returned to Iowa and married Garland Geister at Holy Name Catholic Church on June 2, 1948. The couple farmed in the Quimby and Anthon areas before moving to Cherokee in 1967. They later lived in Longmont, Colo., and Douglas, Wyo., where Garland died Sept. 11, 1982. Velma would move to Jackson, Wyo. and Longmont, Colo. before becoming a resident at the Fonda (Iowa) Care Center. On July 3, 2000, she moved to the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Grant Geister and his wife Linda of Sioux Falls, S.D., Gary Geister and his wife Dorothy of Carroll, Allan Geister and his wife Lynn of Seattle, Wash., Annette Geister, Lisa Milner and Lori Geister, all of Longmont, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger Cook of Pierson; a sister Nancy Pick and her husband Cliff of Le Mars; a sister-in-law Rita Cook of Granville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law Dorothy; a brother Clark; two sisters Mary and Arvey; and a sister-in-law Lona.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. The Rev. Eugene Murray will officiate. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church with a rosary service to be held at 9:30 a.m.
The Earnest - Rohde Funeral Home of Marcus is in charge of arrangements.