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Thomas Victor Geocaris, MD, F.A.C.S., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home in Allouez, WI, with his family by his side. Tom courageously lived while battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. Born to parents, Theodore and Helen Geocaris, Tom lived his younger years in Chicago and Mount Prospect, IL. After completing medical school, he relocated to Green Bay, WI, where he practiced general surgery with compassion and grace for 34 years. Tom had the opportunity to practice for the last ten years with his daughter, Cynthia Geocaris at Surgery Specialists of Green Bay. His wife, Patty; and children Mike, Tim, and Kerry all had the pleasure of working with him in the family business. Tom made numerous professional achievements throughout his life. He served on the Bellin Health Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Bellin Health Surgery Department. Tom led in the development of the first robotic surgery program in the Green Bay area and was one of three general surgeons in the country using robotics at the time. Tom was the first surgeon in Green Bay to perform bariatric surgery and the first to do a single site surgery. Those who knew Tom as a professional also knew him "personally" as there was little divide between the two. He was an exemplary teacher, precise and compassionate surgeon, and a perpetual "jokester" with a child-like sense of humor enjoyed by all. Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia "Patty", with whom he shared their love in marriage for 47 years; his four children (all residing in Green Bay), Dr. Cynthia Geocaris (Stephen Scripp), Michael Geocaris (Pamela Weiner, friend), Timothy (Nikki) Geocaris and Kerry Geocaris (Bradford Bordini); and grandchildren, including Ryan Scripp, Stephen Scripp, Michael Scripp, and Madeline Scripp; Timothy Geocaris, Tommy Geocaris; Elliot Bordini and Teya Bordini. He also is survived by his siblings, Jim Geocaris (Woodridge, IL) and Christie Karis (Seattle, WA). Wake and visitation will be held at Resurrection Church in Allouez, at 333 Hilltop Dr., on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. There is additional visitation at Resurrection Church scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. on April 14, 2012, with funeral services to commence at 10 a.m., with Bishop Robert Morneau leading prayer. Burial to be at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Cotter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, De Pere, WI, 920-336-8702, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Apr. 12, 2012
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