Virginia M. Geimer, 92, of Decatur passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur. She was born on January 12, 1927 in Pleasant Mills to Sherman and Maud (Ayres) Archer.
She was married on May 25, 1946 in Indianapolis to Raymond “Shorty” Geimer.
She was a former member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Wren, Ohio from 1948 till 1966 where she served as secretary, assistant Sunday school teacher and three years as a vacation bible school teacher. She was also a former member of First Missionary Church in Berne from 1966 till 1992 where she was a Sunday school teacher for four years and a Family Hour speaker at the church. She was member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post #43 in Decatur, North American Trap Collectors Association and a charter member of the Trap Collectors Association being one of the first 15 members.
She graduated from Pleasant Mills High School as the valedictorian of her senior class and attended Indiana University at Bloomington. She continued her studies with additional credits earned from I.U. and St. Francis during 1956 and into the 1960s. She was an English teacher for Parkway Schools for eight years and also a substitute teacher at Bellmont and South Adams Schools. She was a well-known local artist that did hundreds of original oil paintings that have been purchased by many throughout the country.
She was a long time collector along with her husband of antique bear traps and one of the few women who were considered a noted authority on Newhouse Bear Traps.
She is survived by her daughter, Sarah (John) Baker of Summerville, South Carolina; two grandsons, Adam (Allison) Cunningham of Houston, Texas; and Ross (Allison) Cunningham of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughter, Audra (Kristopher) Micon of Onsted, Michigan; longtime friend, Larry Isch of Decatur; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on October 9, 1990; her son, John Geimer in 1971 as a result of an auto accident; and two brothers, Elton and Edgar Archer.
Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Woodcrest Chapel and two hours prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, November 13 at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. Officiating will be Chaplin John Follett. Burial will be at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Decatur.
Memorials may be made to the ACCF- John Geimer Adams Central Scholarship Fund or the American Legion Post #43 Color Guard.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.