Mary Geisler

Mary C. Geisler was born the daughter of John and Agnes (Fickbohm) Coan on July 2, 1919 at Perry, Iowa and passed from this life June 29, 2020 at her rural home near Churdan, Iowa. She lived a full life to the age of 100 years, 11 months and 27 days.
Mary’s mother died when Mary was eighteen months old and her father could not care for his five children. Mary’s mother’s sisters stepped forward to care for the children and Mary’s aunt, Emily Connelly and her husband, Patrick, took Mary into their home. They raised Mary and later legally adopted her. Mary attended country school and graduated from Churdan High School in 1936 at the age of 16. She then attended Cherokee Jr. College and Iowa University of Northern Iowa, receiving a Teacher’s Certificate. She returned to Churdan and taught in country school during the height of the “Great Depression” which left an indelible impression on her. Her favorite subject was history and she was an avid book reader. It is thought that she had read over 5000 books from Churdan Public Library.
On May 23, 1944, Mary Coan was united in marriage to Edward Geisler, Jr. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Eight children were born to this union, Sylvene, Patrick, John, Jerry, Anne, Andy, Daniel and David. After marriage, Mary semi-retired from full time teaching but would do substitute teaching. She fully retired in 1955. Ed and Mary farmed and raised their family in the Churdan area. They moved into Churdan in early 1970’s and Mary enjoyed helping at the Brown Funeral Home where her assistance was greatly appreciated. They moved back to the family farm in 1988. Ed passed away 1989 and Mary continued to live on the farm until her death.
Mary was a lifelong member of St. Patrick and later St. Columbkille Catholic Churches. Mary joined the Catholic Daughters of America in 1947 and was a member for 83 years. She was also a member of the Rosary Society, 50-year church choir member and taught religious classes for 25 years. Mary was always thankful for her full life but had many times of great sadness, especially the deaths of four of her children. She is survived by her children; Patrick (Marice) Geisler, John (Marian) Geisler, Anne (Joe) Minnehan and Andy Geisler, daughter-in-law, Deb Geisler, all of Churdan, 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, children; Sylvene, Jerry, Daniel and David, sons-in-law, Gary Hatfield and Todd Mount, grandsons, Ryan Geisler, and Bart Baugh, great-granddaughter, Lola Geisler, brother, Gene Coan, and three sisters, Dorothy Pitzen, Pauline Brennon and Helene Kopp.
A private family Mass was held, July 2, 2020, (Mary’s 101st birthday) at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Cedar with Father John Gerald officiating. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Musical selections were played by organist, Lois Last and Greg Carey served as cantor. Mary had requested that “Ava Maria” be sung at her funeral and it was sung by Steve Carey.
Casket bearers were grandsons; Jason Hatfield, John Geisler Jr., Greg Geisler, Jerad Mount, Kirk Geisler and Spencer Geisler.
Memorials are suggested to be given to St. Patrick’s Historical Church Fund or the Churdan Public Library.

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  1. Karen Try

    My Sympathies on the families loss of Mary Geisler. I’m glad I knew her and got to visit with her (and Sylvene) a few years ago when I was last in Iowa burying my own Dad’s ashes in the Jefferson cemetery. She was quite a matriarch! I know she will be missed but is now reunited with her family that has gone on before her and is experiencing much love in the great beyond. We can only imagine. I wish the family peace during these difficult times and that you may comfort each other as you reminisce on her life. God bless you all.

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