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Geta A. Biever
Age 79, of Burdett, N.Y. passed away on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Elmira N.Y. after a brief but intense illness. The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E 4th Street, Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Wednesday January 16, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church on 905 N Decatur Street in Watkins Glen N.Y. with Father Steven Lape officiating at 10:00 AM Thursday January 17th, 2019. Burial will follow in the Hector Union Cemetery, in Burdett, N.Y. and a reception to be announced.
Geta was born in Montour Falls, N.Y. on April 20, 1939, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Gunning. She married her husband of over 60 years, Pierre, on April 19, 1958 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and she lived in Burdett nearly all her life.
She was predeceased by her son Philip, her parents John and Margaret Gunning, her brother Bruce Gunning, her father and mother in-law Emil and Rose Biever and her bother in-law Ralph Dean.
Geta retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 31 years, serving at the Burdett and Montour Falls Post Offices. She also served as a Secretary to Attorney William Elkins of Burdett.
She is survived by her husband, Pierre, son Mark (Sharon) of Sterling, VA., daughter in-law Sherry Biever of Burdett, brother Clair (Peg) Gunning of Montour Falls, sister Sue Dean of Burdett, sister in-law Sandra Gunning of Reynoldsville, and brother and sister in-law Raphael and Joan Specchio of Watkins Glen. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Peter Biever of Burdett, Philip Biever and Ryan Biever both of Virginia Beach, VA. and Lydia Biever of Alpine. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces.
She was an avid shot-gunner spending many Sunday afternoons shooting clay pigeons with her husband and sons Philip and Mark. Geta also was a wonderful cook and baker, who made many beautiful wedding cakes.
Geta was a member of the Burdett Fire Department Auxiliary for many years serving as President for the past 35 years. She was also a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 52 of Burdett. She was a longtime member of the Burdett PTA Players. In later years she was also a member of the Trumansburg Fish and Game Club.
She was a most loving person and wonderful wife and mother. She liked people. These words from an old poem can best describe how people who knew her, felt about Geta:
Everywhere you go
Sunshine follows you
Everywhere you go
Skies are always blue
People like you
They seem to know
You pick roses out of the snow
The whole world says “Hello”
Everywhere you go.
Geta you will be sorely missed, and we will miss you forever. For those wishing, you may consider a memorial donation in her memory to the Burdett Fire Department. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” in her memory online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com
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