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Bernardine R. Geier

October 27, 1927 — June 13, 2021

Rensselaer- Bernardine "Berry" Geier passed away in Port Orange Florida at the age of 93 on June 13, 2021, after a brief illness. Berry was a lifelong resident of the city of Rensselaer. She graduated from Rensselaer High School in 1946. On October 9, 1948, she married the love of her life Joseph L. Geier and together they raised two children. Aside from raising her children, Berry was employed by Millea, Siegal, and Bartlett Law firm for many years. She also worked for Don and Fran’s coffee shop and Friendly Home Parties. Berry enjoyed reading, watching her beloved New York Yankees and watching Hallmark and Lifetime movies. She watched her soap operas daily and always kept up on the story lines. She was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play their sport of choice throughout the years. Berry was an avid animal lover, and she was happiest when spending time with family and friends. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, always looking forward to any time spent with them. Berry was predeceased by her parents John and Ellen Nolan, her husband Joseph L. Geier and her siblings Anna Mae Stocklas, Margaret Scambelluri, John Nolan, Patricia Eldridge, Eileen Schoonmaker, Francis (Marion) Nolan and Geraldine (William) Scharoun. Berry was also predeceased by her grandson David J. Geier. Survivors include her sister Joan Nolan Adam, brother-in-law Edward (Earline) Geier, her son John (Patricia) Geier of Rensselaer, and her daughter Kathleen A. Geier of Port Orange Florida. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dina (Scott) Douglas and Jennifer (Brian) DeAngelis. Great grandchildren Kaelah Douglas, Emily Geier, Avery Schultz, Amelia DeAngelis and her step-great grandson Lorenzo DeAngelis, as well as many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Berry’s name to St. Jude The Apostle School 42 Dana Avenue Wynantskill, NY 12198, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Funeral Mass will be in the Church of St. Mary at Clinton Heights, Columbia Turnpike, Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, Thursday, June 24th from 4p.m. to 7p.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, June 24, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.

1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144

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Funeral Service

Friday, June 25, 2021

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

Church of St. Mary at Clinton Heights

163 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Starts at 11:15 am (Eastern time)

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