Geralyn Mary Bechter was born on February 11,1964 and said "she lived a happy life." She entered into heaven on May 15, 2017.

Geri graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School and The University of Akron. She earned degrees in Early Childhood Development and English, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Geri was beloved by the many children she babysat and especially by her preschool students. She was a teacher's aid at Marilyn's Preschool and head teacher at Room to Grow. She had a special understanding and connection with children and helped raise a generation of kids with her selfless love, creativity and keen intelligence.

After giving 110% of herself to preschoolers, Geri moved on to work at the Revco Headquarters, and for the past 18 years she worked in medical records at Summa City Hospital.

Geri fought bravely, valiantly and endlessly against cancer for the past 5 years and never once complained about her fate. She kept her Faith until the end, teaching us what it means to have real faith despite horrible circumstances. She is truly a saint and a light to all who had the honor of knowing her. There will never, ever be another like her.

She leaves behind her loving family who will be forever lost without her: Devoted parents, Donald and Mary Bechter; siblings, Gina (Kevin) Oser, Joe (Ellen) Bechter, Donna (Lillard) Parks, Meg (Tim) Hite, and her beloved nieces and nephews and their children; Leah (Matt) Natalie and Dominic Leahy, Sarah (Andy) Gemma, Zoey and Benjamin Riggins, Kaila (Joel) Gallardo, Julia Oser, Myles and Mia Parks, Noah, Iris and India Hite. She also leaves behind many wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mass of the Christian burial was held May 20, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. In lieu of flowers, please eat chocolate in her memory.

(CFNP 6-4-17)