An avid walker, Monica Geier often passed the Douglas County Historical Society's Library Archives Center on her outings. One day she peeked in to find out more about the organization — and ended up a volunteer for more than 30 years.
Often putting in four or more hours every weekday, she scoured newspapers for mentions of notable Omahans. She would clip the articles and put them into an acid-free file for future use. The files now number in the thousands and are regularly used by students, researchers and visitors to the Library Archives Center.
Geier continued to clip until her last week of life. Even when she could no longer make the trip to historical society, her son, Dan Geier of Omaha, delivered the newspapers to her and then returned with the clippings.
Geier passed away Nov. 21 at age 92 at her home in Seven Oaks in the Florence area. Her memorial service was Tuesday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. Her body was donated to Creighton University.
Monica Manion Geier grew up in Creighton, Neb. After high school, she attended school in Chicago, learning the typing and shorthand skills she would later use while working with court reporters. She found work in Kansas City — and met her future husband, Lee Geier. His military service brought the couple to Omaha, where they raised their family.
“Mom was a very principled woman,” recalled son Dan Geier of Omaha. “Mom refused to work outside of the house because she had eight kids to raise.”
So she worked from home, typing for court reporters. When she retired from that work, she started her volunteer service at the historical society.
Dan Geier recalled a time when his mother was 89 and still up on a ladder filing at the archives center. When a worried worker approached and asked if she could help her with anything, his mother replied, “You can get me some more files.”
He said his mother also had a passion for sports and was a fierce supporter of her children's sporting events; her husband was often the coach. Dan Geier described his mother as a huge Creighton basketball fan who attended games into her 90s.
After losing her spouse of 67 years, she moved two years ago to Seven Oaks, housing for senior citizens created in the renovated convent of the Notre Dame sisters near 36th and State Streets.
Although she endured some struggle in her life, outliving her husband and four of her eight children, her son said her spirit was strong. “She never complained.”
In addition to son Dan, survivors include children Kathy Geier, Barbara Gatrost and David Geier; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.