Jacobson, Geraldine (Geri) Margaret
August 3, 1940 – July 10, 2012
Geraldine, known to her friends and family as Geri, passed away surrounded by her family on July 10, 2012.
Geri was the eldest child of Adam Stephen John Reiber and Dorothea Luella Reiber of Ladysmith BC. Geri was born on August 3, 1940 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan where she spent her early childhood before coming to Ladysmith, BC. Geri was the eldest of six children. She was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her brothers Richard Reiber and James Reiber (Muriel) and three sisters, Agnes Levesque (Jean Claude), Mary Anne Wall (Willie), and Rosemarie Vertone (Carmine). As well she enjoyed the company of many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Geri is blessed with her “special angel”, a daughter, Edit Michelle Jacobson. Geri dedicated her life to caring for Michelle for fifty years in her home and created many wonderful experiences for Michelle in the Victoria community. A special hug goes to all their many friends who shared their times bowling, skating, camping, visiting and walks in the parks and malls.
Geri attended high school in Ladysmith and took her teacher training at Victoria College. Always the adventurer, Geri hopped on the Northland Navigation ship and headed to Stewart BC to begin her teaching career, and continued teaching in Smithers, Wells and Sooke. She retired from Ruth King Elementary in June 2000 and enjoyed her retirement years as an avid gardener and photographer. Her greatest joy was to take Michelle camping in their specially designed and handicap-equipped van. They became “Snowbirds” wandering through Canada and Mexico and the warm southern USA. Other travels included several trips to the Yukon, the North West Territories and Alaska.
A special thank you to the Victoria Palliative Care Response Team and the Victoria Hospice for their incredible care during her final battle with cancer.
At Geri’s request, she wished there to be no funeral service, but instead to take the opportunity to live life to the fullest each and every day.