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Geraldine Rose Tri

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Geraldine Rose Tri, 88, of Pine Island, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Pine Haven Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Geraldine Rose Schiesser was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Berne, to Alfred and Margaret (nee Bucher) Schiesser. She attended country school and graduated from West Concord High School in 1943. Geraldine obtained her teaching certificate from Winona Teachers Training in 1944. She taught in country schools for 22 years and also in the Mazeppa Public Schools for 22 years, for a total of 44 years. Geraldine retired from teaching in 1989.

Geraldine enjoyed old-time music and polka dancing. She also stated that she enjoyed teaching and all of her elementary students. On Aug. 27, 1949, she married Richard G. Tri. They lived on several farms in the Pine Island area. After retiring, they lived in Zumbrota, Mazeppa and Pine Island. They wintered in Arizona for 22 years, and Geraldine loved meeting people from different states and the warm weather. In 2012, they moved into the Evergreen Place Assisted Living in Pine Island, after Geraldine was diagnosed with breast cancer. For the past three months, Geraldine has resided at the Pine Haven Care Center. While a resident there, she was diagnosed with brain cancer of which she died from.

Geraldine is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Larry of Pine Island and Dennis of Wanamingo; brother, Jan Schiesser; and niece Debbie Fishbach.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Alan and Rob.

In keeping with Geraldine's wishes she was cremated and will have a private graveside service for immediate family members at a later date.

Cremation arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home - Mahler Chapel in Pine Island.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 21, 2014
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