Stacey Marie Geitgey, 49, of West Salem, went peacefully and confidently into the arms of Jesus on October 11, 2020. She was born on November 1, 1970 to Smokey and Sue Rowland in Medina, Ohio. She married her “honey,” Ed Geitgey, on October 3, 1992. Stacey is survived by her husband: Ed; three children: Dustin (Courtney) Geitgey, Derik (Gwen) Geitgey and Kelsey (Jacob) Riggenbach; and her six grandchildren (with a seventh on the way), who were the absolute lights of her life: Brandt, Ella, Alivia, Jackson, Emery and Braylon. As well as her parents: Smokey and Sue; brother: Scott (Stephanie) Rowland; grandmother: Lou (Tom) Repp and many more extended family members and close friends.
Stacey touched the lives of thousands of students through her 24 years of teaching at Norwayne Elementary School. She was always ready to greet both students and staff with a smile or hug, stash of chocolate candy in her room and a cold Diet Coke in her hand. Her colleagues will fondly remember her knack for spirit dress up days, as she had an outfit or accessory for every occasion. Her passion for children continued through her volunteer work at the Lodi Community Center, mission trips with her husband and many years serving as the Children’s Ministry Leader at Emanuel Old Stone Church, running Vacation Bible School and Sunday School programs. Her most proud achievement was becoming grandma. She attended every event her grandkids were in, played every activity they dreamed up, fed them every sugary snack, and always loved them like Jesus. Surely, she was met at Heaven’s gates hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Visitation will be held at Mohican Church of the Brethern on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00. The funeral service will be Thursday, October 15, 2020 again at Mohican Church of the Brethern at 11:00 with Pastors Paul Bartholomew and Dan Bartkowiak officiating. Burial will follow at Congress Cemetery in West Salem. For those unable to attend the service, it will be recorded and posted to Matteson Funeral Home’s website later in the day.
Stacey spent her final days at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster, Ohio. The family was extremely blessed by the special care the staff provided for Stacey and all her friends and family. If you feel led to honor Stacey, in lieu of sending flowers, please make donations to LifeCare Hospice at 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio. Those who wish to share a memory or a condolence may do so at mattesonfh.com.
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