It is with heavy hearts but also joy that we announce that Barbara May Geistlinger has departed this life to begin a new one with her Heavenly Father. She passed away on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 after a short stay at the North Okanagan Hospice and a long 21 year battle with cancer.
Barb leaves behind her loving family: husband, Gord; sons, John (Amy) and Dan (Shawna); and daughter, Leanne (Grant). She will also be greatly missed by her beloved grandchildren, Addison, Gavin, Noah, Brooklyn, Emily, Eli and Aubrey. Barb also leaves behind her brothers, Patrick (Elle) Dean and Gary (Dayle) Dean; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Barb was born in Edmonton, Alberta on May 28th, 1953 and grew up in North Vancouver, B.C. Gord and Barb were married in North Vancouver in 1973 and moved to Vernon in 1975. In 1982 they built a house in Oyama overlooking Kalamalka Lake, where they raised their family and have resided since.
Barb was very active despite her cancer diagnosis, enjoying skiing, hiking, dragon boating, and numerous other activities. Early in her career, Barb worked for the Bank of Montreal but ultimately found her calling in healthcare, earning her nursing diploma and working for many years in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and community nursing. She continued to be very active in her church and community throughout her life, even as cancer took its toll on her physically. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and colleagues.
A private family Graveside Service in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery preceded a Celebration Of Barb’s Life which will be held at the Lake Country Alliance Church on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Sandy Colero officiating.
Barb volunteered as a nurse at Eagle Bay Camp and because the ministry of the Camp was so very dear to her heart, those who wish to do so may send donations in her memory to www.eaglebaycamp.com or at Lake Country Alliance Church, designated for the Eagle Bay Camp Fund.
We, Barb’s family extend our thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Vernon Cancer Centre. Barb regarded you all as family and we thank you for the many good years that were added to her life because of what you did for her.
Funeral arrangements were made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605 – 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187