Geraldine E. Zieker

  • Born: August 25, 1937
  • Died: August 12, 2012
  • Location: Stockton, California

Neptune Society of Northern California - Stockton

1111 West Robinhood Dr., Suite B-1
Stockton, CA 95207
Tel. (209) 955-4090

Tribute & Message From The Family

Geraldine (Geri) E. Zieker passed away on August 12th. Geri was born in Liminga, Michigan to Erick and Edna (Westerberg) Ylitalo. She graduated from Houghton High School in 1955. Geri married the love of her life, Bill Zieker in the late 50's. Bill and Geri moved to Stockton in 1962. Geri enjoyed many years of being a homemaker while Bill pursued his Civil Engineering career with Cal Trans. Geri blossomed into quite a seamstress making many of her own clothes. Geri was an amazing cook and especially enjoyed making her perfect pie crust. Geri stayed committed to her mother, father and brother who remained living in Northern Michigan. Geri's devotion to her cherished daughters, Penny and Lianne was enduring. Geri and Bill raised their daughters in the Lutheran faith and believed strongly that faith for their daughters was of high importance. Geri eventually pursued a career at the University of the Pacific that spanned over 28 years. Her job at UOP was of immense importance and source of pride. Geri especially enjoyed the interaction with the students and activities surrounding the campus. Geri constantly strived to improve herself as evidenced by the classes she enrolled in at San Joaquin Delta Jr. College and UOP. Even though Geri relocated to California 50 years ago, she remained enamored with her home and loved vacationing yearly back in the "Copper Country" and picnicking on Lake Superior. Geri also enjoyed folk music watching a good movie and dancing with her beloved Bill. Geri was a member of Michigan Tech Wives Club and the Manteca chapter of the Red Hat Society. Prior to Bill's death in 2008, Geri's devotion to Bill was once again illustrated by her unyielding efforts as Bill's caretaker. Geri was also preceded in death by her brother Clyde and her parents. Geri remained a devoted mother to her children, Penny (Joe) Rocha and Lianne (Steve) Vea. Geri was a loving grandmother to Joe Rocha, Jr., Jeffrey Rocha and Andrew Lepe. A private service will be held with burial at the Liminga Cemetery in Michigan. Donations can be made in honor of Geri's name to the hospice of San Joaquin or your local Hospice chapters.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Bill & Geraldine were cousins. Kept in touch by phone.

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Posted by Bill & Kay Latvala - Dollar Bay, MI - cousins   September 01, 2012

Penny, Joe, and Family,

"Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, you are very great." - Psalm 104.

May His loving arms comfort your entire family. Love you guys and you are in our prayers.

Posted by Billy Wallace - Vancouver,WA - Family   August 29, 2012

A really, really nice tribute. It brought tears to our eyes. Penny, sorry for your mom's passing but it looks like you have wonderful memories.
You both have been a wonderful daughter and son, mother and father, brother and sister. We are fortunate to count you as best friends too. We love you so much and look forward to seeing you soon.

Nancy and Dave

Posted by Nancy & Dave Spencer - Stockton, CA - best friends   August 26, 2012

So sorry about the typo. Penny, my number is 651-304-7345

Posted by Sandy Siler    August 25, 2012

So sorry to hear about Gerry. Got to know her as an adult when I visited cousin Bill in California.Will miss our phone conversations and visits to the UP. Penny, please call me at 651-303-7345

Posted by Sandra Siler - Ralston, NH   August 25, 2012

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Posted by Sandra Siler - Ralston, NE   August 25, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother. Your mother and I were childhood friends and I have many, many happy memories. I viewed and enjoyed the video of your mother and her family on the Internet at Vi and Bob's home. We reminisced about our fun years as teenagers. Fondly, D orothy

Posted by Dorothy Pusa Ruotsala - Westlake village, CA - Friend   August 24, 2012

Geri and I were cousins but also best friends. We grew up about 2 miles apart in the country. There was Dorothy, Geri and I. As young girls. teenagers and then young adults. We shared everyhing, good and bad. I'm glad in the last years we reconnected and again had so many good times. We talked on the phone alot and giggled again over our younger days. I will miss that....

Posted by Vi Norkol - Hancock, MI - cousin   August 22, 2012

Geri was a wonderful, thoughtful person. The students really appreciated her as did all of us in Student Life. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Judith Chambers - Stockton, CA - worked with Geri at UOP   August 19, 2012

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Happy 75th birthday Mom............
Thank you for always being my net of support. Thank you for teaching me to be strong and independent. Everything good that I am has come from your efforts. You were the best Mom in the world. You can now enjoy dancing with Dad in Heaven. I love you for always mom,

I will remember Aunt Geri as a petite lady with a big heart. She had a knack for finding just the right gifts. I still use the Foreman grill she and Uncle Billy gave us as a wedding present. I recently used the Mickey Mouse duffle bag to pack my son's booster seat on an airplane, and I wear the green UOP sweatshirt every St. Patrick's Day. The best gift she gave me was a phone call last December. She sounded very happy and was looking forward to Christmas dinner at Penny's house. She was even cracking jokes in her sweet "Yooper" accent.
I admire the dedication and care she provide Uncle Bill as his health declined. In my last conversation with him he said "Geri is a Saint". I know she missed him very much after he passed, and undoubtedly they are happy to be reunited.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family as they prepare to take her home to the Copper Country.
Yours, with love and sympathy, Susan