Barbara Jean Geyer, 93, was born in Laporte County on Feb. 11, 1926 to Austin and Edna (Gleason) Wicks and raised on a farm in Hanna.
She briefly lived in Plymouth and then in Bremen for over 70 years. In addition to selling Stanley Corporation products, she worked in Bremen at Modern Cleaners, TV Time, and Bremen Bearings.
She was also a long-serving, dedicated, and much-loved waitress at the Kopper Kettle Restaurant and the Village Family Restaurant in Bremen, as well as, the B&B Restaurant in Nappanee. She retired in her late 70’s.
She survived her first husband of 20 years, Carl Hirstein, and her second husband of 37 years, LeRoy Geyer. She has four children: Dale (Erie) Hirstein of Scottsburg; Paul (Kathleen) Hirstein of Valparaiso; Craig Hirstein of Bremen; and Darlene (Jeff) Ervin of Bremen. In addition, she has ten grandchildren, Kimberly Bowling, Patrick Hirstein, Jeannie Scott, Christian Hirstein, Jordan (Anne) Hirstein, Taylor (Alexandria) Hirstein, Braden Hirstein, Callie Hirstein, Holli (Steve) Shively, and Corey Ervin; 11 great-grandchildren, Thomas, Katie Jo, Jason, Ethan, Britne, Abbey, Kaelyn, Ashton, Mikayla, Alexia and McKinley and two great-great-grandchildren, Ava and Nova.
She was preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters: Joel Wicks, Alice Wicks, Willard Wicks, Edith Wicks, Theola Wicks, Clifford Wicks, Charlotte Wicks, and Donna Wicks.
After cremation, memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Bremen V.F.W., 1750 W. Plymouth St., Bremen, IN 46506 from 10 a.m.-noon. Memorial contributions may be given to AseraCare Hospice, 5405 N. Main St., Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to the charity of your choice. Her family will deeply miss her presence.