Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Ebel Geyer of Hanover Twp., passed away peacefully on March 31, 2021. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio on March 1, 1936, the daughter of Mary Rommel and Elmer “Bud” Ebel. She attended St. Peter’s Catholic School and graduated from Notre Dame High School, where she was secretary of the CSMC and President of the freshman class. Mary Lou was the class accompanist for her class all 4 years and school accompanist her last 2 years at Notre Dame.
In 1958, Mary Lou married her husband, Jack Geyer and to that union was born 7 children. She was a member of Queen of Peace Church and President of the Altar Rosary Society, member of the Community Chest Board, and member of the Civic Music Association and volunteered for the Cancer/Heart Programs. Mary Lou was Secretary for the Edward J. Schmidt Insurance Agency, Organist for Queen of Peace Church and St. Mary’s Church. She was also a member of Lighthouse Prayer Group for many years, playing music for the Masses of Healing and community meetings. She also played music for men and women groups, Sacred Heart Mission group, St. Mary School Children Masses and Christmas Concerts, along with music at other Christmas plays. Mary Lou accompanied the Queen of Peace Children Choir for a Mass on TV Sunday Mass and 2 Masses with the adult Choir for TV Masses. She also found much joy in teaching piano and her students. Mary Lou loved her Lord so much and wanted to serve Him and her brothers and sisters all of her life, serving as a Eucharistic Minister for many years, ministering to the homebound and those in the hospital, as well as Lector at Mass and organist for 55 years in the Catholic Church. Mary Lou worked with the Girl Scouts for a year to win their Marian Award from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She attended deep water aerobics for years. She especially loved the gatherings with her family and loved to have guests for dinner, especially those who had no one in their life. Her family was her greatest joy, as well as going to lunch with others. She and her friends had Bible studies regularly at each other’s homes as well as at St. Mary’s Church. She and Rick Giuliano entertained at various clubs, such as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Veterans in Dayton, also at the Sheridan Hotel at the John Glenn Suite in Honor of the Astronaut; the Notre Dame Alumnae Reunions, Elder-Beerman Christmas display and other Christmas & Girl Scout events. They did many weddings together throughout the years. She loved to play volleyball, bowl, watch football, basketball and baseball as well as opera, classical music concerts, stage shows and playing cards with her grandchildren, family and friends.
She will be missed by her husband, John “Jack”, of 62 years, married on July 26, 1958; her sons, Thomas “Tom” (Therese Rose), Michael “Mike” (Susan Velazco), James “Jim” (Peggy Rotterman), Joseph “Joe”, Stephen “Steve/Pete”; her daughter, Regina “Gina” (Rodney Wallace); her 11 Grandchildren; Amanda “Mandy” (Eric Salone), Andrew, Kathleen “Kate” (Jason Ulbrich), John Thomas, Anthony James “A.J.”, Catherine “Catty”, Justin, Brandon, Davis, Jacob “Jake”, and Benjamin “Ben” Briede; her sister-in-law, Miriam “Sis” Ebel and their children; Bill (Linda), Danny (Claudia) & Kathy (Duane Clemons), Rosemary Rickling; brother-in-law, James “Jim” Geyer, extended family, Joan Morningstar (Frank Foley); close friends, Alberta Wirsch, her long time prayer partner, Pat Buckley, and Don Beer; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, especially the Queen of Peace Choir and Lighthouse Community.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; son, David; brother, Bill; cousin and close friend Anna Mae “Annie” Beer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2550 Millville Ave., Hamilton, Ohio, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
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