The heart of our family’s matriarch, Shirley Geitz, (Aunt Bobby, Granny GG), stopped beating on April 7, 2022. She was 97, born on The Ides of March at the family home in Terryville, the daughter of the late Priscilla (call me Pearl) Wyczynski and Stanley Ploski, a Purple Heart awardee from WWI.
She leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey P. and Karen Geitz of Burlington, CT; James and Donna Geitz of Old Tappan, NJ; a daughter, Paula Forcier and her husband Richard from Hallandale FL and Morris, CT. In addition to her five grandchildren, Jill Achille and her husband, Steve, Aimee Forcier and her husband, Phillip Villella, Ryan Forcier and his wife, Marcia, Jeffrey N. Geitz and his wife, Cecilia Chrosny, Jaclynn Geitz and her husband, Nicholas Calaceto, she leaves five great grandchildren: Ewa Geitz, Nicole and Jack Calaceto, Josh and Derek Achille and many nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by Peter Geitz, her husband of fifty-nine years, her brother Richard Ploski, an outdoorsman with no equal and Cliff Lavoie, the second love of her life.
Shirley loved family gatherings (“Look at all this food!) and UCONN Women’s basketball. She attended eight NCAA Women's Final Four Championships in a row. You couldn’t beat her at Setback, a card game. She frequently won at the slot machines in the Casinos too. She worked at The Bristol Press for many years in advertising and as a Credit Manager so that her three children could go to college.
Calling hours will be held at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave. Forestville, from 4-7 pm on April 21. A Mass of Christian Burial will me held at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Bristol, CT on April 22 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., PO Box 9216, Bristol, CT 06011-9216.
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St. Matthew Church
120 Church Ave., Bristol CT 06010