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William E. Geisreiter

William E. Geisreiter Obituary

William E Geisreiter, 77, died on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, from complications after suffering a stroke in March.

Bill was born on August 25, 1932, in Sacramento, California, to Elsa and Bert Geisreiter and graduated from CK McClatchy High School in 1951. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1955, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. After his graduation, he remained a lifelong fan of Cal football.

After college, Bill enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he met and married Andrea Purdy in 1961. In 1967, Bill received his Masters degree in Education from Sacramento State University. He completed his education with a Doctorate from Nova University in 1975. Bill had a distinguished, 30 year career with the Sacramento Unified School District where he worked as an elementary school principal until his retirement in 1990.

Bill was very proud of his two sons, Reed Tricia of Soquel Ca, and Mark Sally of Moraga, Ca. Bill was also close to his step-children, Nancy Wahl-Scheurich Christoph of Santa Cruz, and Tom Wahl who preceded him in death in 2007. He was also very proud of his grandchildren: Katy, Megan, Ryan, Jasmine and Mikela.

Bill married Jewell Wahl in 1985. Bill and Jewell spent 22 years enjoying their retirement until Jewell passed away in 2007. Bill's brother, Richard Bette Geisreiter of Victoria, Canada, and Bill's nephews and niece, Eric, Kurt, Tascha, and David were always close to Bill's heart.

Bill loved his home in Santa Cruz, which had been built by his grandmother in 1932. He also had great memories of vacations spent at the family's Lake Tahoe cabin, as well as endless days of enjoyment at Park Terrace Swim and Tennis Club in Sacramento. Bill was elected to the Santa Cruz Port Commission in 1994 and remained on the Commission until 2009; he was one of the longest tenured Commissioners on record. He was especially pleased that his son Reed now holds his position on the Port Commission. Bill had a strong sense of his civic duty, having followed in his father's footsteps; his father Bert was Mayor of Sacramento in the 1950's.

Bill loved playing his ukulele. Through his love of "ukes," in 2004, he founded "Sons of The Beach," a ukulele group that now proudly consists of over 100 members and routinely plays at the Santa Cruz Harbor on Saturday mornings.

There will be a celebration of Bill's life on Saturday, April 24, at 1:00 pm. If you would like to attend please bring your instrument if you have one, and be prepared to sing! For location and more information about Bill's party, call 831-239-1425, or email [email protected]

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family is requesting that donations be made to O'Neill Sea Odyssey, 2222 East Cliff Drive, Suite 222, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, or The Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Arrangements by Santa Cruz Memorial-Mission Chapel.


Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 9, 2010
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