Sophie C Geist, 93

Sophie C. Geist


Sophie C Geist, 93, transitioned at her home in Califon NJ on January 5, 2018 with her family by her side.  Growing up during the depression on the family farm in Lebanon taught her the values that carried her through this 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s: love of family, devotion to church, sense of humor, pleasure in flower gardening, drawing, music, and simple things like car rides and watching the deer and birds.

Sophie was pre-deceased by her parents Mary and Stanley Radomski, her identical twin Irene Poniatowski and sisters Cecilia Radomski, Mary Dutka and Helen Van Roy, brothers Felix, Stanley, Al, and George Radomski.  Her surviving sibling is Charles Radomski who can share many stories about their growing up and the wonderful family life they shared.

Sophie graduated Flemington High School and studied business at Rutgers.  She did clerical work at Diehl Manufacturing, H. G. Geist Co and Olympia.  During World War II she was a watcher with the Civilian Air Patrol.  Later she did community service with the Califon Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Califon Historical society.  She was a devout member of St John Neumann Catholic Church.

Her husband Robert Geist and daughter Marilyn Cornelius pre-deceased her.  She is survived by daughter Roberta Geist, son Warren Geist and his partner Greg Mantore, son-in-law Ed Cornelius, grandson Sean Geist, grandson Steven Geist and wife Richelle, step-granddaughter Heather Bernard and husband Corey, and step-grandson Tyler Vandrell. She was devoted to her great grand-children:  Marilyn, Vincent, Harper, and Everett Geist and Connor Bernard.  She also leaves many nieces and nephews that she adored and was so very proud of.

Sophie liked adventure and movement. As a member of one of Califon and Teetertowns’ first motorcycle gangs, she could often be found on the back of Bob’s motorcycle or flying in one of their planes, or at the sprint-car track.  She also loved to travel and even when ill, left us many stories during family trips to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Disney World, Maine, Ocean City NJ and Wildwood.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday Jan 10, 2018 at St John Neumann Catholic Church in Califon, New Jersey. Burial will follow at Lower Valley Union Cemetery in Califon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. John Neumann RC Church, PO Box 455 Califon, NJ 07830 or to the Califon Fire Company inc., PO Box 178 Califon, NJ 07830