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Rita (Strano) Geist

November 4, 1931 — June 12, 2021


Rita Geist, 89, died at the home of her daughter, Loree, with family by her side on June 12, 2021.

She was born on November 4, 1931, to Elizabeth and James Strano, they preceded her in death.

She married George Geist on June 6, 1953, and they lived on a small farm for 52 years. They both retired from Loree Footwear of Big Run. He preceded her in death July 2, 2005.

Rita was a devoted wife, mother, and ‘NaNa’ to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also was a loved Aunt to many nieces and nephews. In her later years she had developed a special bond with her niece, Joyce Voytus.

Rita enjoyed a simple life of helping friends and neighbors, growing many of her favorite flowers, and playing with her grandchildren.  She loved cooking for everyone and no one left her home hungry.

She is survived by her daughters: Mrs. Georgann (Rodney) Reiter, Connecticut, and Mrs. Loree (Christopher) Danch of DuBois, PA. Her grandchildren: Mr. Eric (Jennifer) Reiter of Maine, Mrs. Deandra (Patrick) Henahan of Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs. Derise (Preston) Anderson of Frederick, Maryland. Her great grandsons: Daytin Anderson and Callan Henahan.

She is survived by her sisters: Mrs. Rose (Andrew) Meterko and Mrs. Jean (Thomas) Thompson both of Punxsutawney, and her brothers: Mr. Ronald (Jenny) Strano of Punxsutawney and Mr. James (Peggy) Strano of Morgantown, WV.

She is also preceded in death by her sisters Deloris Rishel, Josephine Turner, Betty Lou Mallory, and Pauline Katus.

Friends and Family will be received at McCabe Funeral Home Inc., 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney, PA,  on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 4-8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 11 a.m. from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Sykesville with Father William Barron as celebrant. Rita will be laid to rest, alongside her husband and near her sister and parents, at the Calvary Cemetery, Punxsutawney, PA.

Memorial donations may be made in Rita’s memory to: ABVM Rosary Society, P O Box J, Sykesville, PA 15865 or “Just Us” (for care of animals in need) c/o Lynn Porada, Morrison Ave. Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Friends will be received

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

20 Shaffer Street, Sykesville, PA 15865

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