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Obituary for Gladys L. Geshay

February 23, 1930 – May 23, 2023

Gladys L. Geshay, 93, met her Lord and Savior face-to-face on May 23. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Gladys L. Geshay
Gladys L. Geshay

Gladys was born to her parents Gladys and Frederick McFarland in Racine on Feb. 23, 1930. She had an older brother, Frederick “Junior.”

During the Great Depression, the family lived with her maternal grandparents, A.B. and Mary White. Later, the family relocated to Eau Claire, where Gladys ‘Micky’ graduated from Eau Claire High School.

Gladys met John Geshay while they were both employed at Johnson Wax. They married in 1950 and shared nearly 69 years together. 

Raising five children was her life’s focus and joy. She was a room mother, Sunday school teacher, devoted granddaughter and daughter, pie maker extraordinaire and writer. She was a faithful correspondent to many missionary friends and composed poems for birthday cards and many a comedic skit. Gladys was a welcoming and gracious hostess, often opening her home to a large extended family, furloughed missionaries, and many, many backyard picnics and reunions. Gladys adored her 22 great-grandchildren and was a favorite auntie to many nieces and nephews.

Gladys was an avid golfer and was a 45-year member of the Washington Park Golferettes and had an early tee time every Thursday morning. She and John were Kenosha Country Club members for many years. They traveled with dear friends on many golfing vacations. Gladys and John were members of Fellowship Baptist Church for over 60 years and later joined Racine Bible Church.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Katy) Geshay; daughters, Gail (Lawson) Snyder and Barbara (Roger) Murdock; and sons Jim (Julie) and Joel (Shelby) Geshay. She was a loving grandmother to Amy Geshay, Carrie (Chris) Morris, David (Caitlin) Geshay, Katie (Matt) Hall, Laura (Shawn) Smith, Lisa (Mike) Valentine, Annie Moore, Emily Snyder, Peter (Melissa) Murdock, Meghan Murdock, Anna Larson (Aaron), and Maddy Johnson (Garrett). Her surviving sisters-in-law, Juliana and Carol Geshay, will miss her phone calls and cards, as will her brother-in-law, Thomas Anspaugh.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, John; brother, Fred; parents, Gladys and Frederick McFarland; grandson, Jonathan Moore; and daughter-in-law, Julie Geshay.


Interment services will be at 9 a.m. on June 9 at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery with family and close friends. Friends are welcome to join the family in the backyard starting at 4 p.m. to share hugs and memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Word of Life Florida or Racine Bible Church missionary fund.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gladys L. Geshay please visit the Sturino Funeral Home Sympathy Store.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Sturino Funeral Home.

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