Mr. William John "Bill" Geiger, 72, a resident of Plains Township, fell asleep in the Lord early Wednesday morning, and now rests in a place of light, joy, and peace where there is no pain, sorrow, nor mourning.
Born May 8, 1947 in Wilkes-Barre, he was one of four children to the late Leroy and Marie (Kingsbury) Geiger. Educated in the city schools, Bill was a member of the 1965 graduating class of the Grand Army of the Republic High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Mr. Geiger worked for the past fourteen years as a caregiver for Step By Step Inc., serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health difficulties. Earlier, he labored as a skilled tradesman, and was a member of Painters, Local 41 and Painters District Council 71, both of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
In his spare time, Bill enjoyed acrylic painting and fishing. His artistic interests inspired his membership in the Wyoming Valley Art League, and the showing of his many works at the Fine Arts Fiesta.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Leroy, who relinquished his life serving our country with the United States Navy, and also sisters Barbara Bauer and Cathy Connell, who was his twin.
Bill beat several loved ones to Saint Peter's Gate, including his son, William D. "Will" Geiger of Wilkes-Barre; his erstwhile wife and Will's mother, Carol Ann Gawlick of Wilkes-Barre, and many coworkers and dear friends, especially Bob Hines and Roseanne and Jim Gallagher.
Although he was raised Protestant in the Lutheran faith, Bill was received into the Holy Catholic Church prior to his passing by Father Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, Allentown, and received the Last Rites according to the Byzantine Rite by Very Reverend Fr. Mykhaylo Prodanets.
Funeral services for Bill will be conducted Saturday morning with the celebration of the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Mary Pokrova (Protection) Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Avenue, Kingston. The Very Rev. Fr. Mykhaylo Prodanets will serve as celebrant and homilist. Interment will be private and at the convenience of his family.
Relatives and friends may join the Geiger family Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of liturgy directly at church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help cover the cost of Bill's burial. Donations can be made directly on the funeral home website “Payment Center” box or by searching for "Christian Burial for William J. Geiger" at GoFundMe.com.
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