Yolanda E. “Viola” Geci

Viola GeciYolanda E. “Viola” Geci, 95, of 1173 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 8, 2014, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at Penn Highlands Elk.

She was born February 8, 1919 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Anthony and Lucia Pasta Salvatore.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School and St. Marys Public schools.

On June 15, 1940 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Lucian M. Geci, who preceded her in death on July 18, 1982.

She is survived by two daughters, Florence Wolfe and her husband David of St. Marys and Rita Wiesner and her husband Thomas of St. Marys; eight sons, Karl Geci and his wife Mary of St. Marys, Donald Geci and his wife Char of St. Marys, Herman Geci and his wife Jackie of Raleigh, NC, Raymond Geci of Kersey, Richard Geci and his wife Cindy of St. Marys, David Geci and his wife Annette of St. Marys, Daniel Geci and his wife Christy of Kersey, and James Geci and his wife Barb of St. Marys; 42 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Geci of Rochester, NY; one daughter-in-law, Marie Bauer and her husband David of St. Marys; and one son-in-law, James Wittman of St. Louis, MO.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia Wittman and Patricia Jean Geci, who passed away in infancy; one son, Lucian M. Geci, Jr. who passed away in 1974; one grandson, Michael Geci; two sisters, Mary Dandrea and Anna Fleming; and five brothers, Matthew Salvatore, Anthony Salvatore, Lawrence Salvatore, Joseph Salvatore, and Albert Salvatore.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Geci was a member of the St. Boniface Church.  She was a past president of the Rosary Altar Society and had been a Rosarian for 74 years.  She was a member and a past chaplain of the Fox Twp. Senior Center and was very devoted to the Blessed Mother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Friday, December 12, 2014, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA  15846.

Ron & Kim Hetrick December 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm

So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed by all of you and many others. Remember all the good times!

Kate Angeletti December 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm

So sorry for your loss, prayers are sent your way.

Mike & Terri Supon December 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

Don, Dave & Ray:

Our sincerest sympathy to your family. Your mom was a wonderful lady. I still recall buying hay from her in 1982 and she came into the barn with me to show me where it was. May your families continue to stay close.

Mike Supon

Sister Joachim December 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

Dear Geci family,

I will remember your Mother in my prayers & Masses as well as all of you. Your mother was a special person.
God bless her and keep her in his loving care.
Sister Joachim

Laura and Brian Claypool and family December 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

So sorry for the loss of your sweet mom, and gram! She was a sweetheart! Bingo will never be the same! Such spunk for a 95 year old! I am sure she is glad she shares her day with our Blessed Mother! I will be out of town for her farewell, but I wanted to let you know, you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this time! Many wonderful memories she has left behind, for many years of laughter!

Tracey, Jim, Jaylee, Delana & Lennon December 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

Gonna miss you, Gram! Love ya!

Elaine and Charly Lee December 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

Please accept our sincere sympathy over the loss of your dear mother! We only have wonderful memories of a very lovely lady. We can still picture her at the senior citizen proms, especially the one where she was crowned queen! We can picture her dancing in heaven with a sparkling tiara on her head. We pray for peace and healing for you, her family!

Louise Milslagle December 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.

John, Kristie, Georgia, Jonah, and Avah Slinkosky December 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

We are all so sorry for your loss. She seemed like a wonderful lady who touched so many lives and made many hearts smile. Keep her memories close.

Cynthia Robison December 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

A true loss for the entire Geci Family. Mike, Pete and I have so many great memories of Aunt Yolanda and our time spent on the farm. We can still smell the wonderful aroma of the fresh baked bread in the window and homemade apple pies. I know there is a big “Geci Reunion” going on in heaven and she is probably baking and trying to feed everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Debbie Jacob and Sons December 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Geci Family,
You have our sincere condolences on the loss of someone very special! May your wonderful memories help ease the sorrow at this difficult time. Your Mom and Gram was a wonderful person and will always be remembered.

Charlie, Betty, Greg, Heather and Adam Halloran December 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Sorry for your loss of this wonderful woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I will always have fond memories of the weekends in my youth spent at the Geci family farm. God bless and comfort all mourning her loss.

Diane Scutella December 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

We send our sympathy to the entire Geci Family.
The Blessed Mother was waiting for your mother on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. How truly wonderful is that! St. Marys & Kersey will surely miss her! God Bless you All.
She will be remembered with love by so very many people.
Diane & Joe Scutella

Bob & Donna Holjencin December 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

We are so sorry for your loss.
Your mother was a very special lady with a very special family.
I have wonderful memories at bingo in Kersey with your Mom.
I will miss her smile and laugh. God Bless you all.
You’re in our prayers and thoughts.
Bob & Donna Holjencin

James B. Halloran December 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere sympathies to all in the Geci family. What a blessing to have her for 95 years. She was a “remarkable woman” and I’m sure she is surrounded by family in heaven.

God Bless, Jim Halloran

Dan Meier December 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I feel privileged to have known Mrs. Geci for the last year and a half and to have shared a pro-life position with her. She was full of life, enthusiastic, principled, spiritual, and fun to be around. She even liked my little dog, JoJo, and treated him like a valued guest. I don’t think it was a coincidence that God called her home on December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

Jody Vollmer December 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

To all the Geci children, grandchildren and families, “Gramma Geci” was a prominent figure in my childhood. She was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve ever met and loved her family so much. I hope you all continue the Sunday dinners at the farm . . . it’s so nice to see such a large gathering of family at times other than holidays. Sending prayers to all of you for peace and comfort during the loss of Vi.

Denise December 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm


I will miss you! I will treasure the wonderful memories of you.

MID-CAMERON AUTHORITY December 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

We just heard of the passing of your Mother today.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

From the Staff of Mid-Cameron Authority

Nick and Margie December 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

What more can be said about your wonderful mother and all of her children and family. What a gracious woman, although deepest sympathy and many prayers for all remain and will continue, Viola chose a most fitting Feast to join the Lord in her Eternal resting place. I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected passing. The love and the kindness shown through all she did, to all she knew, and mostly through each and every child who called her mom, cannot ever be replaced. Each time I say my rosary, I will forever know she is leading me. Warmly remembered.

Connie Villella December 13, 2014 at 6:46 am

My sincerest sympathy to all of the Geci family on the loss of your mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan Donovan Mosier December 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

My condolences to Mrs. G’s family. I used to come to church early, and sit next to Mrs. G in the “handicap” front pew. Then we would proceed reciting the rosary, me doing responses. She remembered all her grandchildren’s names.. Always upbeat and loved to beat you at rabbit at the Senior Center. A zest for life… Makes me smile when I think of her.

Gwenn Catalone December 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Mrs. Geci was a good friend of my grandmother, Edith Lavella. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Nancy Grotzinger Troyan December 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother. There has never been a time when I have come home and passed the farm that I have not thought of you and asked myself “I wonder how your Mom is today?” No matter how much we miss them we know in our hearts they are safe and secure now in the Loving Arms of Jesus. May He bless all of you now just as He blessed her. Thinking of you often and saying a little prayer for you.
Love To You Always,
Nancy Grotzinger

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