Edward C. Geissler Jr.
1928 - 2014 NORTH ADAMS Edward Charles Geissler Jr., 85, of 10 Iroquois Drive, North Adams, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in Wethersfield, Conn., on May 5, 1928, son of the late Edward and Esther Rylander Geissler. He attended Wethersfield High School and graduated with the class of 1946. In 1952, Mr. Geissler graduated from RPI with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and, in 1958, he received his Master's in Electrical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948, serving on the USS Coral Sea, and also served as part of the Naval Reserve on the USS Chauncey, until 1954. He was honorably discharged in 1960 with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. He was employed with Sprague Electric from 1958 until 1985 and retired as the Vice President of Marketing. He was last employed as regional manager, from 1985 to 1990, for Jack Harvey & Associates. Ed was a longtime member of the Northern Berkshire YMCA, an avid reader, enjoyed playing cribbage, doing crossword puzzles, and was a Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was a strong supporter of the North Adams Public Library. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Zdon Geissler, whom he married June 26, 1978; two daughters, Barb Geissler and Monica of Illinois, and Kristin DeBates and Tom of Georgia; two stepsons, Gary McConnell of Virginia, and Todd McConnell of Arizona; two grandsons, Tanner and Stephan DeBates; a stepgrandson, Joshua M. Smith of Massachusetts, and nieces and nephews, including Ralph DelGuidice of California, and Donna Rumsey of Georgia. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara DelGuidice. FUNERAL NOTICE: At Edward's request, there will be no formal services or calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the FLYNNDAGNOLI-MONTAGNA FUNERAL HOME CENTRAL CHAPELS- 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. For further information, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 30, 2014