Apple Creek- Jennie Lee Geiser, 73, passed away November 9, 2020, at Accord Care Community after a long and brave battle of declining health.
Jennie was born on December 29, 1946, to Nina (McCloud) and Don McElroy in Orrville Ohio, where she also graduated (1965) and lived most of her adult life.
She married Freeman Geiser on November 30, 1985. He survives.
Jennie was a lifetime resident of Wayne County. She held many different careers, including working for the J.M. Smucker Company, and Maple Street Elementary School, until declining health steered her towards providing childcare from her home from 2000 until 2018. She was a member of Kidron Mennonite Church. She was also a generous donor to various charities, but her favorite was Make-A-Wish.
Jennie is survived by her children Don Schaefer of West Salem, Jodi (Tom) Holmes of Rittman, and Kristen (Jeff) Campbell of Ashland; 10 VERY SPECIAL grandchildren, Mathew (Kelsey) Schaefer, Kurtis (Stephanie) Schaefer, Kile Schaefer, Bethanie Schaefer, Joshua Rohr (Lisa Starling), Brittainee (Nick) Smith, Chelsie (Chase) Hess, Sage Porter, Broderick Holmes (Amy St. John), and Bryce Holmes; seven great grandchildren, Piper, Maisie, Lee, Haven, Lurayah, Abby, and William; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. In addition, Jennie held a very special place in her heart for Colten, Giovanni, and Antonio, who were like grandchildren to her.
She was preceded in death by her mother; father; and two sisters, Cheryl and Marge.
Jennie had many friends and enjoyed doing many different activities, including going to scary movies, spontaneous trips with her children, going out to eat with her husband, and meeting up with her friends, but her favorite thing to do was be around her grandkids. She enjoyed attending their sporting events, babysitting them, and talking to them on the phone. Jennie loved the holidays, particularly Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving, where she put in lots of time and work to make everyone else’s holiday special. Jennie was a terrific gift giver, and she loved to spoil her grandkids every birthday and Christmas. Jennie also loved to volunteer and help others. Jennie could be seen reading her daily devotional, and trying her best to be a model of a Christ follower to her friends and family. She enjoyed collecting snowmen, pig figurines, photos of her grandkids, art projects of her grandkids, and newspaper clippings (that featured her grandkids). Jennie had a great taste for home decor, and her house was always so tidy and welcoming. She loved that her grandchildren would stop in to enjoy her stocked fridge, which she took great pride in always having full. She set the bar very high for what it means to be a strong matriarch, and she will be remembered for her grace, endless love, genuine smile, sometimes spunky attitude, red hair, and her ability to make everyone around her feel loved and special.
Friends may call on Friday, November 13, 2020, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak Street, Orrville, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak Street, Orrville, with Pastor Dan Hostetler officiating. Burial will take place at the Loudonville Cemetery.
Visitors are asked to wear masks, practice social distancing, and adhere to the posted signs and spacing limitations. Seating may be limited.
Memorials may be made to Make A Wish America, 1702 East Highland Avenue, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ, 85016, wish.org.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.