Monica Ann Geersen, age 78, of Yankton, South Dakota, died peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton after a 60-year battle with Type 1 diabetes.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, on Sunday, October 14 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 4:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Pallbearers are Jim, Mason, Kate and Casey Schramm and Claire and Will Geersen.
Monica was born July 18, 1940 in Yankton, South Dakota, the only daughter of Harold and Mary (Walsh) Cunningham. Monica loved her family and dogs and enjoyed vacation and summer boating excursions. She was quite athletic and performed in synchronized swimming in college. Monica graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where she studied psychology and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1960, she married the love of her life, Neil Geersen, whom she shared a full life with until his death in 1999. Monica worked as a secretary and office assistant at Royal Athletic Company for several years. In addition to raising four children, she also volunteered at Sacred Heart Church and local elementary schools, as well as serving as a prayer chain support person for infirmed neighbors of the community. Fitting with her name, which means, "to advice," Monica was a caring and loving mother and counselor. She brought warmth, laughter and comfort to so many over the years. She will be deeply missed.
Monica is survived by her two daughters, Susan Geersen (Joanna Duenas) of Denver, CO and Stacy (Jim) Schramm of Yankton; two sons, David Geersen of Yankton and Paul (Nancy) Geersen of Highlands Ranch, CO; and four grandchildren Mason (Kate) Schramm, Casey Schramm, Claire and Will Geersen.
Monica was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Neil Geersen on April 5, 1999.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, 412 E. 4th Street, Yankton, SD, 57078.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Stacy, David, Susan & Paul,
Thinking of your family with love.
Barb & Todd Jacobson & Family
Sending my love and sympathy to you all! I have great memories of your beautiful Mom. Love and hugs!
Peggy Kain Eriksen
From our family to yours: All our sympathies and prayers are with you. Our moms shared a special friendship for many years. Monicaâ€™s love, laughter and loyalty hold a dear spots in our hearts.
Stacy (Wray) McKinney
Staci & Jim: so sorry to hear about Monica's demise. Will be thinking of you.
Susan,David,Stacy and Paul, We are so sorry about the loss of your dear mother. She was such a fun lady and went thru so many health problems with such dignity. we had so much fun thru the years. sold popcorn and tickets at the Dakota theater. met her in 5th grade. she had a cool jeep in Hi school. we couldn' t go to the pool until 'after the world turns was over!!! then she met Neal and we 4 had fun together. She will be greatly missed. You took such wonderful care of her. May God Bless her and you.
Love and sympathy, Jim and Carol Leach
We are so sorry for your loss....your family remains in our prayers.
Tami & Kent Ruzicka
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you and sending prayers.
So sorry to hear of your mother's death You are in our prayers Stacy and Jim Your family remains in our prayers
Phyllis and Kenneth Meier
Aunt Monica was the most amazing lady and I loved her so much. I know you will all miss her so much and so will I. I love you all
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Joe and Laurie LaBarge
Dear Susan, Stacy, David, and Paul, my sincerest and warmest condolences to you. My family lived a block south of your home on 19th Street and I babysat frequently for you back in the 60's. Your Mom and Dad were always so kind to me. Wishing you peace and wonderful memories.
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