August 1, 2019


Mass of Christian Burial for 86-year-old Geraldine “Geri” Ann Oeser of Carroll, Iowa, formerly of Westside, Iowa, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail, Iowa, with interment in the Westside Cemetery in Westside.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

She passed away peacefully with her family surrounding her on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Huebner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geri was born on a farm near Wisner, Nebraska, to Charles and Ellen (Seeman) Vyborny on Jan. 9, 1933. She attended country school until age 10, finished grade school in West Point, Nebraska, and graduated from Guardian Angels High School in 1950. She continued her education by attending a business college in Omaha for one year and then was employed at Omaha Public Power District for two years.

She married John “Jack” Oeser on Nov. 21, 1953, at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha and resided in Omaha until John’s military discharge in February 1954. They then moved to the Oeser family farm near Westside, Iowa, where they lived for 57 years. They retired and moved to Carroll in 2013.

Geri dearly loved her family, and especially enjoyed when everyone was all together during the holidays. She was very proud of her 10 grandchildren’s accomplishments, from academics to sports. As a homemaker, she was an avid cook and baker. She loved gardening, as well as canning and freezing the harvest. It brought her great joy to share the abundance with family and friends. The family relied on her to always bring fresh baked raisin bread and homemade cinnamon rolls, as well as her signature jams and jellies, to the family gatherings. She also enjoyed sewing and crocheting.

The love of her community was evident by her membership in the Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years, St. Ann’s Women’s Group, and Scarlett Belles Red Hat Group. She also spent many years sharing her fresh baked bread with the customers at the Westside Diner. Jack and Geri spent social time with friends during mixed bowling leagues throughout the years.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack, and their children Sheryl (Lyle) Podey, Gregg (Lori) Oeser, and Dan Oeser of Westside, Janet (Rollie) Kroeger of Amarillo, Texas, Lynn Rittgers of Gowrie, Iowa, and Julie Meisinger of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren Nate (Julie) Podey of Polk City, Iowa, Luke (Kenzie) Podey of Manning, Iowa, Ali (Brett) Pudenz of Breda, Iowa, Derek Oeser of Westside, Josh (Shelby) Kroeger of Canyon, Texas, Garrett Kroeger of Amarillo, Texas, Jaclyn (Skylar) Warehime of Slifer, Iowa, Erica Rittgers of Gowrie, Iowa, Rachel (Bret) Schumacher of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Erin (Mitchell) McCann of Bennington, Nebraska; great-grandchildren Jada and Jayden Podey, Norah and Bennett Podey, Jack and Coleman Kroeger, and Emarie and Ella Pudenz; many nieces and nephews and their families; and sister-in-law Marion Hennings of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ellen; stepfather, Tom Welding; and twin sisters, Jane Gibney and Joan Stark.