Catherine Isabel Geiger passed away on May 16, 2009 surrounded by her children, the love of her life, Donald, and good friend Linda. She was born Catherine Isabel Schaefer on December 29, 1945 and from that day her presence was a blessing upon the world. Catherine had a very special way of brightening the lives of everyone with whom she interacted. She did this in her marriage, of almost 21 years, to Donald Geiger and poured her love into the lives of her children, Dianne Dungey, Denise Wamsley, Deborah Wamsley, James (Paula) Wamsley, Dana (Willis) Mahood, Ben (Karen) Geiger, Tana (Brendan) Guyitt, Kaleb (Chantelle) Geiger, and Darda (Brad) Sales. She was their biggest cheerleader and who they turned to for a listening ear, a great hug and loving support. Her grandchildren, Tom, Steven, Robert, Kate, Jake, Sam, Kaylee, Evan, Kamryn, Silver, Lana, Aeva, Kennedy-Raine and great grandchild, Aurora, will miss her sweet way of spoiling them and her enthusiastic zip for life. Catherine, the beloved sister of Olive Ropchan, Al (Doreen) Schaefer, Carl (Jean) Schaefer, and Russell (Kim) Schaefer, was also a very caring, sensitive friend to many. Her fun sense of humour was a genuine gift. Catherine was a fabulous teacher, amazing cook, avid shopper, true golf lover and fervent book worm. Catherine and Donald enjoyed their time travelling, dancing, and dining together. Her expertise on computers led her to helping many people through teaching and consulting. When Catherine was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, in 2004, she quickly became an active leader of the London and District Myeloma Support Group, involved in fundraising, advocacy, and awareness. Her strength and courage was an inspiration to the group. She excelled at encouraging others, listening to their stories, and being an informative resource. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses in the Critical Care Trauma Centre, Hematology department, and all the staff at Victoria Hospital in London for the care and attention they gave her.
A Memorial Service celebrating Catherine’s life will be held Saturday May 23rd at 2:00 pm at the Zurich Mennonite Church at 37818 Zurich-Hensall Rd., Zurich, ON. Catherine has participated annually in the 5 km Walk/Run for Cancer every October in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
It was near and dear to her heart and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9. Please designate your donation in cheque memo to Multiple Myeloma ResearchGEIGER: Catherine Isabel