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Patricia "Pat" Geasa, a beacon of love and faith, passed away on February 9, 2024, in Lakeland, Florida, leaving a legacy of warmth and inspiration. Born on September 7, 1953, in Flint, Michigan, to the late Lee and Nancy Whiteman. Pat's journey through life was marked by her unwavering spirit and the joy she found in simple pleasures. She was a devoted wife to William "Bill" Geasa and a loving mother to William "B.J." (Chelsie) Geasa and Rebecca “Becky” (Ryan) Schmalz. Her six grandchildren (Molly, Jane, Van, Hank, Brynn, Walker) who were the light of her life, will carry forward the lessons of kindness and generosity she instilled in them. Pat is also survived by her younger sister Sharon Thom and sister in law Anne Whiteman, and was preceded in death by her siblings Dick and Charlotte Whiteman.
Pat's life was a testament to the power of faith and the strength of community. As an active member of the local church in every community where she and Bill lived, she touched the lives of many, offering support and a listening ear to anyone in need. Her commitment to her faith was evident in her every action, and she lived by the principle that love is the greatest force for change.
Her professional life was characterized by the same dedication and service she showed in her personal life. Pat's colleagues remember her as someone who brought out the best in those around her, encouraging them to strive for excellence and to find joy in their work.
Pat's interests reflected her appreciation for life's beauty and her creative spirit. She found solace and joy in painting, capturing the vibrant colors of the world on canvas. Her succulent garden was a symbol of her patience and nurturing heart, each plant carefully tended to, just as she nurtured her relationships with family and friends. Pat also took great pride in her decorative eye. This talent made every house she lived in a warm and inviting home.
Above all, Pat cherished the time spent with her grandchildren, recognizing that in their smiles and laughter lay the future. She instilled in them the values of being faith-filled, loving, and thoughtful, ensuring that her legacy would live on through their actions and the lives they touch.
As we remember Patricia "Pat" Geasa, we are reminded of the words of Helen Keller: "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Pat's love for God, her family, and her community has indelibly shaped the world around her, becoming an integral part of all who knew her.
In celebrating Pat's life, we celebrate a soul who exemplified the beauty of giving without expectation and loving without limits. Her life was a motivational speech lived out loud, encouraging all of us to be more compassionate, more present, and more alive. She taught us that every day is a canvas waiting to be painted with acts of love and moments of grace.
Patricia "Pat" Geasa's journey on earth may have concluded, but the stories of her thoughtfulness, the echoes of her laughter, and the warmth of her love will continue to resonate. Her life was a beautiful composition, a symphony of love and faith that will continue to inspire generations to come.
Let us honor her memory by living as she did - with open hearts, open arms, and the unwavering belief that through love, all things are possible. Pat's story is not one of an end but of a beautiful legacy that will flourish in the hearts of those she touched. Her spirit, a guiding light, remains with us, teaching us that the essence of life is not in the number of breaths we take but in the moments that take our breath away.
The family will receive friends Thursday February 15th from 10:00 to 11:00am. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 all at the Highland Park Church. Since this will be a celebration of life, the family requests that all who are able to attend wear colorful clothing to signify the color she brought to our lives.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Downs Syndrome Society www.https://ndss.org/ in Pat’s Memory in honor of her beloved sister Charlotte Whiteman.
Online condolences can be made at www.lanier.care.
Funeral arrangements were trusted to Lanier Funeral and Cremation Services, 717 Griffin Road Lakeland, FL 33805, (863) 687-3996