Geri Stevenson of 5316 Pine Ridge Rd., Trumansburg, passed away after a brief illness at Cayuga Medical Center on Monday, September 22, 2008 at the age of 67.
Born in Manhattan on June 24, 1941, Geri was the daughter of Helen Blumenstetter Oppel of Trumansburg and the late John Tenet.
Geri had been employed at
Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Syracuse) and more recently in the billing office at
Cayuga Medical Center. A kind and compassionate soul, she established and
maintained many friendships over the years. Geri was a member of the St.
Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Ithaca. She enjoyed camping, horseback
riding, playing bridge, cheering for Rusty Wallace during NASCAR races, and
riding the Gold
Wing motorcycle with her husband Keith. For solitude Geri could often be found curled up with a good book or working the green-thumb magic in her magnificent flower garden. She also loved country music with a passion.
Geri is survived by her husband Keith Stevenson of Trumansburg; two sons, James (Tina) Amalfitano of Shirley and Tony (Larraine) Amalfitano of Baldwinsville; two step-daughters, whom she embraced as her own, Rebecca (Gorka) Stevenson-Angulo of Madrid, Spain and Deirdre Stevenson of Boston, MA; five grandchildren, Luke Amalfitano, Sarah Dziedzic, Jon Dziedzic, Alexia Angulo and Nicholas Angulo; her mother, Helen T. Oppel of Trumansburg and two half-brothers, George (Stephanie) Tenet of Maryland and William (Alice) Tenet of Manhassett, Long Island, NY.
The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, September 26, 2008 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 27 at the First Baptist Church, 4443 East Seneca Rd., Trumansburg with the Rev. Stephen Lilley officiating. Prayers of Committal will follow at Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg. Immediately following the Prayers of Committal a reception will be held at the Ulysses Historical Society, 39 South St., Trumansburg.
In keeping with Geriís deep-seated love of nature and wildlife, the family asks those considering a contribution in Geriís memory to kindly consider Defenders of Wildlife, P.O. Box 1553, Merrifield, VA 22116-1553. Contributions may also be directed to the Ulysses Historical Society, P.O. Box 455, Trumansburg, NY 14886.