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Geraldine Eleanor Secrist, 84, of La Crosse passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center.

She was born to Lawrence and Evelyn (Schara) Kopf March 3, 1934, in North Freedom, Wis. Geraldine graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1952. In May of 1957, she became a registered x-ray technician at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Ill. She married Richard “Zeke” Secrist Oct. 25, 1958. She worked at Grandview Hospital until the birth of her first child. Geraldine was a member of English Lutheran Church in La Crosse and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Loganville, Wis. Some of her favorite hobbies included gardening, reading, eating chocolate and playing with her cats, George one and two. She also loved watching TV and to travel. In her younger days, she would go dancing with friends and would watch Richard play 16-inch softball in the ’60s and ’70s Tavern League for Schmidty’s and the Bohemian Hall. She was known for her “ballteam baked beans” at picnics. She was an avid Green Bay Packer, Milwaukee Brewer and Wisconsin Badger fan.

Geraldine is survived by her son, Karl Sr.; daughters, Lynn Marie (Mark Grosch) and Susan Secrist Lampman, all of La Crosse; grandchildren, Karl Jr. and Hannah Abigail, also of La Crosse; brother, Charles Kopf of Reedsburg, Wis.; sister-in-law, Lois Kopf of Loganville, Wis.; and several cousins. She is further survived by special family friends Priscilla Graf and her children, Sheila Bachmann and family, and Michele Pacl and family.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Zeke” Secrist; infant son, James; her parents, Lawrence and Evelyn Kopf; in-laws, Dale and Pearle Secrist; brother, Gordon Kopf; and brothers-in-law, Robert and Ralph Secrist.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, at English Lutheran Church with the Rev. Becky Goche officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Private burial will take place in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, La Crosse.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center and especially Dr. David Momont for the excellent care that they provided to Geraldine.

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