Rose Mary (Castner) Geisert, age 86, of Lincoln, NE, former resident of Ogallala, passed away, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Cove House in Lincoln.
Rose Mary was born November 23, 1932 in Auburn, NE to Clarence and Dorothy (Hall) Castner and was baptized in the First Presbyterian Church on December 11, 1932.
She attended Athens Elementary School until her family moved to Ashland, NE in 1942 where she graduated from High School in 1950. In 1954, Rose Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Nebraska. While at the University, she became a member of the Chi Omega social Sorority and Delta Omicron music Sorority and the University Madrigal Singers- the forerunner of the Scarlet and Cream Singers. She taught music two years each in Villisca, IA and Greeley, CO. While in Greeley, she was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church in 1957. Rose Mary married Gerald L. Geisert on April 13, 1958 at Light Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sidney, Ne and lived on the family farm in Ogallala, NE.
In 1958 she joined St. John Lutheran Church in rural Ogallala. Together they raised four children; Elizabeth, Kristin, Timothy and Nathan. On January 26, 1975 she and the family joined St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Platte, NE. For her Savior, Rose Mary was an Organist, choir director, Sunday School teacher, and member of the Ladies Aid. She served as Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Reporter for St. Paul Lutheran Church and serve on the LWMS Nebraska Central Plains Circuit Board as Secretary. She was also the Circuit contact person for the Central Africa Medical Mission in Zambia and Malawi.
For her community, Rose Mary directed the Merrie Madrigal Singers of Ogallala from September 1964 to May 1975. She was on the board of the Regional Arts Council from 1991-1997 and Membership Vice President. Rose Mary served on the Election Board for Keith County, Logan Precinct for many years and was a charter member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Rose Mary was the leader of the Singing Sisters 4-H Club where she helped with 4-H projects and directed their competitive musical endeavors and pioneered county youth participation in the 4-H Song Contest. Rose Mary was also a substitute teacher for Ogallala Public Schools.
Rose Mary is survived by; brother Lloyd Castner and his wife Kay of Columbus, her children; Paul and Elizabeth Workentine of Roanoke, VA; Kristin Geisert of Lincoln; Timothy and Jennifer Geisert, of Lincoln; Nathan and Valarie Geisert, of Ogallala; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation in Lincoln will be held, Monday October 28, 2019 12:00.p.m.-9:00 p.m. (CST) with family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (CST) at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (CST) from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 3930 S. 19th Street Lincoln, NE with Pastor Joel Vogel officiating.
Visitation in Ogallala, NE will be held, Wednesday October 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (MST), from the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside Services will be held, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. (MST) in the Ogallala Cemetery with, (grandson) Pastor Ben Workentine of St. Mark's Lutheran from Green Bay, WI officiating.
Memorials have been suggested to the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society.
Arrangements by Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Online condolences for Lincoln may be left at www.bmlfh.com and at www.drauckerfuneralhome.com in Ogallala.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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