Dolores Geisow

April 2, 2018

    Dolores Geisow, 87, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2018, at her home in Waretown, NJ.  Mrs. Geisow lived many years in Westfield, NJ, and moved to Waretown 2-1/2 years ago.

    Dolores was born in Irvington, NJ, to the late John and Theresa Valletta.  She grew up in East Orange, NJ, and graduated from East Orange High School.  She did a short stint as a model, after attending John Powers Modeling School in New York City.  After marriage and two children, she learned computer programming and made her entry into the business world, working for various companies, including Newsweek Magazine and Siemen's USA, where she was subsequently promoted to Manager of the Department of Electronic Spare Parts.  Dolores also completed a course in real estate and became a part-time realtor serving Westfield and its environs.  She earned a certificate in floral design from Sunnywood Florist in Chatham, NJ, and worked part-time at that establishment and others in the area, as well.

    After retirement, Mrs. Geisow joined the Woman's Club of Westfield and in a very short time served on many committees, finally becoming one of its most enterprising presidents successfully guiding the Club through many transitions.  Because of her successes and likability, she served in that leadership role for more than the usual 2-year term, and was repeatedly elected to subsequent terms.  Simultaneously, Dolores became District Vice President of the Women's Clubs of Northern New Jersey, the first member of the Westfield branch to hold that office.  Mrs. Geisow was very committed to the Women's Clubs' mission and tirelessly endeavored to bring the Westfield Woman's Club to its full potential.
    Apart from Dolores' well honed work ethic, she was known also to be a delightful and fun-loving person.  She was active in "The Red Hats" and always enjoyed adorning herself with her red hat and meeting the members for lunch at various restaurants. She loved nothing more than co-hosting, with her husband Keith, great parties at their home in Westfield.  They were always ready to give or attend a gathering with their many friends, neighbors and family members.  She was also a very good cook who enjoyed trying new gourmet recipes for holiday dinners with family and friends.  Dolores loved to dance and would enjoy every moment on the dance floor leaving her partner a lot less energetic.  Because of her natural kindness and loyalty, Dee easily made good and lasting friendships.  She had a great sense of humor and was always enjoyable to be with.  She had a great zest for life, as well, and would courageously meet any challenge that life had to offer.
    Dolores and Keith shared a love for travel and did so extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
    Dolores leaves "the love of her life," her devoted and loving husband, Keith, her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Frank Carter; her beloved son, Craig Bohlman; her beloved grandchildren:  Tyler and Jessica Carter, Olivia and Erica Bohlman; her beloved sister, Annamay Valletta, her beloved Aunt Della Romano and many beloved cousins; and her dear friends, Barbara and Russ MacPhearson of Myrtle Beach, SC.
    The family will receive relatives and friends at Higgins and Bonner Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield, NJ, on Friday, April 6, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M   A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield, on Saturday, April 7, at 10:00 A.M.  Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, 1100 East Broad St., Westfield.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dolores' memory to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave.,7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Tel:  (866) 232-8484.
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