Gregory Joseph Geiger
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WATERVILLE: Gregory Joseph Geiger, eldest brother, uncle and son, generous maker of so many smiles and hugs, passed away on Memorial Day May 26, 2014.
Our angel is preceded in death by his surgeon father Dr. Paul E. Geiger and survived by his mother Mary Ellen Geiger Schreiber (James); and by his siblings Carolyn A. Breckner, Paul M. Geiger, Jeffrey M. Geiger, Catherine (Katie) A. Roberts (Keith), Dr. Douglas F. Geiger (Marilyn), Dr. James D. Geiger (Mary), Gary J. Geiger (Theresa), and Franz A. Geiger (Heather); and he is loved by his nieces and nephews Hans Geiger (Amy), Lisa Scott (Adam), Dr. Fritz P. Breckner, Sarah Creager (Kent), Peter Breckner (Laura), Dr. Austin Mitchell (Heather), Dr. Gretchen Breckner, Zachary Geiger, Jenny Geiger, Allison Geiger, Douglas J. Geiger, Heidi Breckner, Gabrielle Geiger, Catherine Geiger, Megan Geiger, Meghan Brickner, Paul B. Geiger, Matthew Geiger, Michael Geiger, Jack Geiger, Grace Geiger, and Gunnar Geiger. This is the Inner Circle of his love, but his family also came to include his friends and staff at Mt. Aloysius, and the many staff who cared for him at Heartland of Waterville and University of Toledo Medical Center, Regency Hospital, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Greg was born with an intellectual disability some would consider a disadvantage, but as his significant impact on his family and friends would demonstrate, nothing could be further from the truth. He was the first of nine children for Mary Ellen and Paul Geiger and Greg's unique nature had an impact on his parents and siblings and all who met him. His special needs allowed him the privilege to receive early education and mentoring with The Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Columbus, OH and they, along with all the other residents there, eventually moved out of the city to Mount Aloysius in New Lexington, OH where he spent many quality years. At Mount Aloysius Greg developed many lifelong friends, many of whom visited him while in the hospital. He worked for Perko Corporation and participated in many sports including the Special Olympics and social activities at The Mount. He loved Christmas for the many carols he sang at that time of year and he loved Halloween for the creative costumes he was able to wear. At Mount Aloysius he became everybody's favorite buddy, much like he was with his immediate family.
Greg will be remembered for who he was, not what he was. Greg's unconditional love was the purest form that one can find. His innocence and perception produced a timely wit that invariably brought hysterical smiles and laughter from those around him. His disarming nature allowed everyone to let their hair down and simply be themselves. There was no need for pretense with Greg. He didn't care who you were, what you wore, or how you spoke. He didn't judge those around him in the manner that most of us may do. He simply allowed you to be like him: Honest, candid, and warm. As his eloquent niece Jenny said, "There was no darkness in his life…no negativity, no fear, no dishonesty, no unkindness." He enriched the lives of all he met and no one ever forgot him once they had the pleasure of meeting him. Whether it was his enthusiastic greeting of a stranger or his strong hugs with the gentle pat on the back, he brought out the best in everyone.
A life full of positive spirit and devoid of negativity, Greg's legacy will be the richness of the love he shared and the simplicity of the life he lived. He will be remembered by his mother and siblings and nieces and nephews for his angelic goodness, and each of them will carry forth some of that same spirit so that the rest of the world may know Greg as well.
In lieu of flowers, the Geiger family requests that donations be sent to The Catholic Scholarship Fund c/o 6711 Monroe St. Bldg. IV-A Sylvania, OH 43560 or to The Foundation of Mt. Aloysius, P.O. Box 598, New Lexington, OH 43764.
Services will be Saturday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum 2224 Dorr St, Toledo, OH 43607. Friends are invited to join Greg's family for a luncheon from noon - 2:00 p.m. at the home of James and Mary Geiger 2457 Brookview Drive, Toledo, OH 43615.
Arrangements were made with the assistance of the Walker Funeral Home, 419.841.2422. Online condolences may be shared by visiting walkerfuneralhomes.com
Published in the Times Recorder on May 29, 2014