Lydia Geiger


WYOMING, Mich. -- Lydia Martha Geiger, 92, of Wyoming, Mich., passed away on February 23, 2014, at Maple Creek Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, Mich.

She was born on March 15, 1921, to Rev. F.W. and Pauline (Gerken) Behrmann in The Grove, Texas. On January 1, 1944, Lydia married Richard Geiger, who predeceased her.

She worked as secretary at St. John Lutheran Church for 25 years, retiring in 1983. Lydia was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, its Ladies Aid Society, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Altar Guild and the Stephen Ministry, served on the Social Welfare board and sang in the senior choir. She was also a life member of the VFW 3360 Ladies Auxiliary.

Lydia is survived by her daughter, Susan (Alva) Samsell of Wyoming, Mich.; daughter, Janet Stockmeister of Jackson, Ohio; son, R. Thomas (Jeanne) Geiger of Jackson, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Rev. Fred Behrmann Jr. of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; sister, Pauline Groerich of Denver, Colo.; and sisters-in-law, Marjorie Seifert of Defiance, Ohio, and Donna Duensing of El Cerrito, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Norman and Victor Behrmann; sisters, Ruth Behrmann in infancy, Esther Bunsold and Alma Pilz; and daughter-in-law, Peggy Geiger.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday, February 28, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. John Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Hour, St. John Lutheran Scholarship Fund, or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences can be given at

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  • It was a privilege to work in the church office at St. John with Lydia from 1977 to 1983.  During those years, I was blessed to grow through Lydia's guidance in office management, but more importantly, through her display of love of and trust in our Lord Jesus. ~Peg Miller