Obituary of Patricia A. Geier
Patricia Ann ("Pat") Geier of Madison, NJ passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on November 19, 2022 with her devoted husband, Henry G. (Hank) Geier at her side. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her beloved children, Kathy of Chicago, IL, Buddy and his wife, Colleen, of Madison, Frank and his wife, Catalina, of Florham Park, Sean and his wife, Jackie, of Madison and Kelly and her husband, Scott Marzullo, of Shrewsberry, NJ, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Tara, Kristen, Brendan, Meredith, John, Caroline, Danny, James, Zoila and Blas. Also surviving are her beloved siblings, Maureen Giovanelli, John O’Donnell, Chuck O’Donnell and sister-in-law, Nancy Geier, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A beloved granddaughter, Allison, predeceased her.
Pat was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1940 to Daniel and Margaret O’Donnell and had four other siblings besides those surviving: Dan, Bob, Bill, Michael. At an early age, her family moved to Jersey City where Pat and Hank met in high school. They married on June 16,1962 shortly after Hank’s graduation from college and lived in Westwood, NJ for more than 35 years before moving to the Madison area. Pat and Hank had a beautiful and loving marriage and joyously celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2022 with their family.
After having devoted herself to raising her family, Pat earned an Associate’s Degree from Bergen Community College and a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) from Ramapo College where she graduated with distinction and was recognized as the top social work student in her graduating class. She then went on to earn an MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from Fordham University and subsequently became credentialed as an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
Pat found her professional passion working as a hospice social worker where she used her counselling skills to aid grieving family members dealing with the loss of their loved ones and established various types of bereavement programs for several hospitals, churches and other institutions in Bergen County. During her career, Pat received numerous expressions of gratitude from the families of her patients for her help. In 2007, Pat retired from the Valley Hospital’s hospice program.
Pat leaves a rich legacy of being remembered as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Each of her children and grandchildren has fond and loving memories of her personal, one-on-one relationships with them. Pat is also remembered for the close and abiding friendships she made throughout her life with friends from her high school days and her work experiences as well as the dear friends she made in her hometown of Westwood.
Visitation will be on November 28, 2022, at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940. A Memorial Mass will be held on November 29, 2022 at
10:00 AM at St Vincent Martyr Church, 26 Green Village Road, Madison, NJ 07940 and will be livestreamed at: https://svmnj.org. Interment will follow after the Mass at St Vincent Martyr Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Pat’s memory to St. Vincent Martyr Church.
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