Life Story / Obituary
When reflecting on the life of Geraldine Schubert, it is easy to see her unwavering strength and her unconditional love for her family. She was a shining example of hard work and kindness, and she always managed to keep a positive outlook, even in the hardest of times. Geri’s family was her greatest treasure and she never took a moment with her loved ones for granted. Dearly loved, she will be deeply missed.
Life during the 1930s was primarily defined by the Great Depression. With a soaring unemployment rate, jobs were hard to come by and there were few American families who didn’t feel the strain. Despite the trials around them, John and Martha (Reynolds) Miebach were eager to welcome their new baby as the heat of the summer held Urbana, Illinois, firmly in its grip in 1931. Their wait was finally over on August 14th when the baby girl they named Geraldine drew her first breath.
In many ways, Geri grew up as a typical young girl of her generation. She was raised in the family home alongside her siblings Louise, Eugene, and Wanda. Geri fell in love with music and dancing at a young age, and she enjoyed activities such as playing outside and hanging out with friends. For her education, she went to Saint Mary Elementary and received her high school education from Urban High School. From there Geri went on to attend Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.
Putting her education to good use, Geri worked as a registered nurse for the State of Michigan. She enjoyed serving and helping others in ways both great and small. After 29 years of work, Geri retired and turned her focus to pursuing her hobbies. However, health and wellness continued to be a concrete element in her life. Yet, as someone who always wanted to learn more Geri enrolled in several classes to learn about new concepts and research.
Of all the things Geri loved in life, she treasured her family above all else. Geri was thrilled to become a grandmother and even a great-grandmother later in life, and she enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her loved ones. Even if she was simply watching her grandchildren or great-grandchildren play and go about their own lives, she considered it to be time well spent. Geri was always willing to serve her loved ones in whatever way she could, and she was known for her excellent listening skills.
In her free time, Geri liked to pursue several hobbies. She enjoyed participating in ballroom dance competitions, and she was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony League. She enjoyed ice-cream, tennis, golf and often went bowling with her family (loser did the dishes). Someone who was beautiful on the inside and out, Geri had a passion for fashion. In fact, she often took the opportunity to model. Geri loved to travel the world, visiting locations all over the globe such as Japan, Italy, Ireland, England, the Virgin Islands, Russia, Canada, and many places in the United States. She escaped to Naples, Florida, for many bitter winters. Many of her trips were arranged around the timeline of Broadway shows as Geri was an avid fan of the performing arts and musical theatre. She also loved art shows and museums, and as a result she filled her home with a variety of beautiful artwork.
Geri’s life would not have been complete without her faith. She was a practicing Catholic her entire life. In addition, she regularly participated in Bible studies and outreach programs. Geri’s faith presented her with many opportunities to serve others, and she loved taking care of Msgr. Hackett in his later years.
As family and friends can attest, Geraldine Schubert truly understood the secret to a life well lived. She was a constant source of strength and courage, even in the most difficult of times. Family was Geri’s greatest priority, and she took every chance to make sure her son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren knew just how much they were loved. She considered herself fortunate to have so many family members and friends by her side during her entire life’s journey. Though she will be dearly missed, Geri leaves behind a priceless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.
Geraldine Schubert died peacefully on May 2, 2021, with her girls at her side. Geri was preceded in death by her son, Michael Schubert; and her siblings: Louise Lawhead, Eugene Miebach, and Wanda Sturdyvin. Surviving are her children: Elizabeth Schubert, Kathryn Schubert, and Judith Schubert (Daniel Liston); grandchildren: Ryan (Rachel) Sweeney, John Sweeney, Kristel Miller, Preston (Shiloh) Miller; great-grandchildren: Ethan and Emmett Sweeney, and Warren Miller. Visit with family and friends while sharing food and refreshments on Thursday (MAY 6) from 4-7 PM at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900, with the Rosary being recited at 4 PM and a Scripture Service beginning at 5 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Please visit Geri’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you can read her Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo, and sign her online guestbook.