Jeanette passed away September 2nd in the peace and comfort of her own home, with her children there.
Jeanette was born January 3rd, 1932 to Alexander and Teresa McWilliams. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated Ward High School. She was the youngest of the family. Her siblings Rosemary Aita, Bernard McWilliams, Mary Teresa Passarell, Virginia Bergman and Bob McWilliams, are all awaiting her arrival to heaven.
After high school, she honed her skills in typing and shorthand at several area banks. She retired those skills when she married Kenneth Geier. This began her career as a mother, caretaker and sometimes enforcer of a somewhat unruly brood of 5 children. She handled the task masterfully. Always singing or humming, laughing and joking, she truly made the house, a home. With music always playing in the kitchen and her singing along, she made the house warm and inviting to her children and whatever ragamuffins they may drag with them.
Pikie loved to sing. She told herself as a child, she would get the lead in the operetta in high school, and she did. She later sang in the church choir and the Fatima Choir, she relished both.
In 1960, the family moved into St. Peter’s parish. It was here, they would receive the Catholic education, that was important to her. She was a religious woman and wanted her kids to have the experience that she had. During this time, she became a volunteer lunch lady, girl scout leader, room mother and various other duties, to help out. She chauffeured many children to sporting events and other activities. This was always entertaining, as she rarely knew where she was going. Directions and geography were her only weakness. Miraculously, always made it there and back, safe and sound.
She took great pride in her Irish heritage. She loved being Irish. She made sure her children wore something green to school, on something called St. Patrick’s Day. This was way before it became the celebration it is today. Pikie loved to talk, never met a stranger. She was diverse. She could cover any topic and usually in the same sentence. You had to pay attention. Her love of animals, children and people in general, made her a pleasure to be around. If you ever met her, you left smiling. Maybe shaking your head, but smiling.
She is survived by her children; Ed (Denise) Geier, David Geier, Debbie Geier and Andrea Geier. And her beloved granddaughter, Erica Sweany. Her daughter, Paula will be the first to greet her at the pearly gates. She’s been waiting since 1993.
Special thanks to Andrea, who cared for Pikie for 2 years, amazing.
There will be a visitation from 10-11 am on Friday, September 9th at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 701 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64131, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Burial to follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Lenexa, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 701 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64131.