Dec. 1, 1933 - March 25, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Joan Marjorie Glanders Geary, 79, of South Bend, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
She was born Dec. 1, 1933, in South Bend to August and Helen (Kroll) VanDerHeyden and remained a lifelong resident. In 1954, at St. Matthew Cathedral, South Bend, she married James Lee "Jim" Glanders, who worked at Graffis Furniture as a manager and designer. He preceded her in death Aug. 9, 1983. He was the son of Walter and Jeannie Glanders of Elkhart.
In 1989, at St. Matthew's Cathedral, she married John D. "Jack" Geary Jr. Jack is the son of Margaret and John Geary of Chicago.
Jo is survived by her husband, John D. "Jack" Geary Jr; two daughters, Juliet Glanders (Larry) Brown of Coral Springs, Fla., who works for Broward County Parks Dept., and Jeanne Leigh Glanders of South Bend, who is a librarian at Elkhart Public Library; and son, Geoff August (Karen) Glanders of Noblesville, who is owner and president of August Mack Environmental Inc., whose home office is in Indianapolis. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Zachary Brown, Sarah (Jason) Williams and Eric, Sam and Charles Glanders; her brother, Tom (Judy) VanDerHeyden of South Bend; Jack's brother, William (Nancy) Geary, of Wilmette, Ill.; Jack's sister, Jean (Paul) Kennedy of Edina, Minn.; Jack's daughter, Laura (Walt) Ginter of South Bend; Jack's sons, Mike (Emily) Geary of Royal Oak, Mich., and John (Cheryl) Geary, of South Bend; and grandchildren Andrew, Emma and Sarah Ginter, Sean and Tyler Geary and Megan and Amanda Geary; and Jim's brother, David (Pat) Glanders.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents; brother Gus VanDerHeyden; sister-in-law, Jean Stackhouse; and brother-in-law, Walter Glanders.
Jo was a 1951 graduate of Riley High School. She graduated in 1954 with a degree in business education from Indiana University. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She was a stay-at-home mom until 1973. She taught third grade at Stanley Clark School from 1973 until her retirement in 1998. She served on most academic committees at one time or another. She was also the head of the English department and director of summer programs. She administered admissions testing for grades K through 8 from 1984 until 1995 and qualified to administer and grade The Gesell Test for school readiness and age-appropriate behavior.
Her greatest joy was spending time reading and with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed visiting the various campuses where her grandchildren attended college and the places where they lived.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, and funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, all at Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy on behalf of Jo Glanders Geary may be offered to the Stanley Clark School Scholarship Fund, 3123 Miami St. South Bend, IN 46614.
Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.