Geri Johansen, 70, passed away peacefully Friday, March 22, 2013, in Gilroy. She was born October 19, 1942.
She worked for many years as a bookkeeper employed throughout the years for Dr. Carl Bozzo, DDS., Notre Dame High School in Salinas and the Shamrock Seed Company also in Salinas.
For many years Geri and Larry were members of the Ford V8 club in Salinas, attending many events with all their great car buddy friends! Geri was also very close to her family and never missed a family gathering.
Despite her disability, due to a stroke in 1998, she continued to enjoy life, going to lunch, shopping and the movies with her close friends from Salinas. She regularly attended Gavilan College for adaptive PE along with LEARN Speech Therapy.
For the past 12 years she resided at Gilroy Elderly Care Home where she received loving and attentive care.Geri was known for her big smile and infectious laughter! Putting her disability aside she had a zest for life with an indomitable spirit that could not be diminished. Geri was an inspiration to all.
She was the wife of the late Laurence (Larry) Johansen, a former Captain with the Salinas Fire Fighters; and sister to Gennaro (Kathy) Filice, James Filice (Sue), and Mark (Diana) Filice. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph (Eddie) Filice and Jennie Filice. Geri adored her nieces and nephews, Scott Filice, Paige Davis, Heather Miller, Chris and Kevin Filice and great aunt to Damon Miller, Danielle Filice and Addison Nicole Davis.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Habing Family Funeral Home, 129 4th St., Gilroy.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gavilan College Foundation for APE. Checks to be sent to Fran Lopez, Associate Dean, Disability Resource Center, 5055 Santa Theresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020.
Condolences can be submitted to: www.HabingFamilyFuneralHome.com