Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Mae Beisner Marzec
Geraldine “Gerry” Mae Beisner Marzec, aged 90, passed peacefully into everlasting life on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, in the presence of two of her sons, Philip and Andy.
Geraldine was born in Natoma, Kan., on Sept, 30, 1923 along with twin brother, Gerald ”Jerry” Beisner. They were the last of nine children of their mother Nora Belle Beisner (nee Hogan), who died the day after their birth, and Otto Louis Beisner. Geraldine was raised through childhood on a farm north of Natoma by her father’s sister, Alvena and her husband Henry Pruter.
Gerry attended Marymount Academy and the Marymount College in Salina, Kan. and graduated with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology. Gerry interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La., after graduation. After moving to Tulsa, she met and married Edmond Richard Marzec in 1949, and together they provided clinical laboratory services to the medical community and patients. They were blessed with five sons. After Ed’s retirement in 1982 they moved to Tucson, Ariz., to be near his mother, and became active in the church-based peace and justice community there, becoming active in the Community of Christ of the Desert. Gerry continued to provide medical technology services through urgent care for some years in Tucson, especially preferring the late shift that suited her “night owl” nature. They later moved to Mustang to live near son Jeff and family and became members of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community and joined the prayer network there. Ed passed in 2004, and Geraldine took residence at The Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio in 2006, where she could be close to sons Philip and Andy and their families. Gerry made many good friends there.
Gerry is survived by brother Gerald of Macon, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Judy Beisner of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Anna Beisner of Lakewood, Colo.; son Mark and wife Mary Ann of Katy, Texas; son, Philip and wife Beate and son Andy and wife Jennifer, of San Antonio; son, Jeff and wife Bernice of Mustang; son, Michael and Paula Huber of Cleveland, Ohio; and Vici Marzec of San Antonio. Gerry is also survived by grandchildren, Mary Clare, Clark, Clint, Alex, Angela, James, Denise, Sean, Julie and Megan; great grandchildren, Van and Vivian and their mother Jessica Marzec; and step granddaughter, Jasmine Levasseur. Gerry is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, and by cousins of the Beisner and Pruter families, including Twilla Wanker and husband Darrell of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas. Gerry and Ed were especially close to nephew, Mitchell Marzec and his wife Rachel of Albuquerque, N.M., and their children Patty, Mitch Jr., Joy and Daniel.
A memorial service for Geraldine will be held at 10 a.m. on July 9 in the St. Joseph’s chapel at The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas. She will also be remembered during a Mass at the chapel commencing the same day at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209.