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Geraldine (Geri) Eudora (Fischbein) Flatz

Geraldine Eudora (Fischbein) Flatz gently passed away in the company of her children on August 23, 2012.

Geraldine (Geri) Eudora (Fischbein) Flatz

Posted on September 12, 2012

Geraldine Eudora (Fischbein) Flatz gently passed away in the company of her children on August 23, 2012. Geraldine was born in Gascoyne, North Dakota on October 21, 1927 to Clarence Leo (Link) Fischbein and Eda Freda (Fitzer) Fischbein. Her memories of early years in Gascoyne are all positive. If asked about them, she would always mention their Newfoundland dog “Pete” or “New Pete” their 2nd Newfoundland. She attended elementary school in Gascoyne at the historic building which still stands near town. Geri attended high school in Scranton and graduated in 1945. After graduation, she attended the Holy Rosary School of Nursing in Miles City (1948), where she had the first ever perfect score on the Montana State Nursing Board Examination. Geri also attended Washington State College in Pullman, WA. Where she received her BS in Nursing Education (1952).

December 7, 1952, Geraldine Eudora Fischbein was wed to Ronald Howard Flatz at the Scranton Lutheran Church.

An excerpt from the Bowman County Pioneer, December 18, 1952:

“Miss Fischbein was beautifully attired in a white slipper satin gown with train. The gown was styled with an off the shoulder effect, with a pleated collar, inset with imported swiss lace. Her fingertip veil was lace bordered and had a coronet of gathered net and lace and an off-the-face cluster of orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of white roses, stephanotis, and green ivy. Mrs. Lynn Amsden of Beulah , the bride’s only sister, was matron of honor and Mrs. Norman Almli of Miles City, a classmate, was the brides’ matron. Ronald Flatz had chosen his brother, Harry Flatz, as his best man and Floyd Pierce as the other attendant. Vernon Peterson and Douglas Buckman of Gascoyne acted as ushers.”

Ron and Geri began a loving relationship which spanned a full 16,087 days until Ron’s death in December 1996. The intervening years were filled with joy and together they built a legacy of innumerable family memories.

Ron and Geri’s family began in Dickinson, ND, with Gerald (1954), Russell (1955), William (1957) and Rhonda (1961). In 1965, the family moved from Dickinson, North Dakota to Philomath, Oregon when Ron took a position as a school administrator.

Geri lovingly brooded over her family in Philomath, proud to see all of her children graduate from Oregon State University. Her sincere and humble life revolved around her family. She was a kind and generous woman; always possessing a smile and thinking of others.

Geri and Ron played bridge, golfed, fished, and camped together for many years. Geri had a group of Nursing friends that were the “Round Robin Friends” that kept touch with each other since Nurses Training in Miles City. You would find Grandma Geri at many of her Grandchildren’s events, Plays, Concerts, Dance Performances, Football, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Swim Meets and Softball games along with Graduations, Holidays and Weddings!! She did not want to miss any of the family events!

She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Gerald Frederick; her parents, Eda and Link Fischbein; her husband, Ronald; and her sister, Deloris Amsden. I’m sure they were all there to welcome her and show her the Heavenly sights!

She is survived by her children and their spouses; Jerry and Lori Flatz of Boise, ID; Russ and Rita Flatz of Ridgefield, WA; Bill and Annie Flatz of Hillsboro, OR; and Rhonda and Mark Stouder of Bellingham, WA.

Geri also thoroughly enjoyed her many grandchildren: Ramona Flatz and Tyler Leake of Salem, OR; Hans and Gretchen Flatz of Bowman, ND; Jacob and Julia Flatz of Fairbanks, AK; Mitchell Flatz of Ridgefield, WA; Claire Flatz and Joy Flatz of Phoenix, AZ; Sarah Schwindt of New Orleans, LA; Stephen Schwindt of Portland, OR; Kodi Byers and Kaleb Byers of Philomath, OR; Aaron and Sarah Stouder of Ferndale, WA; Kristen Stouder of Bellingham, WA; Jason and Brandee Stouder of Blaine, WA; Sharlotte Stouder of Ferndale, WA; and Kiera Stouder of Ferndale, WA.

Geri was adored by her family; her parents, her husband, her children, her sister, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, in-laws – ALL. She immersed them in her love and sweetness. I’m sure that if you looked up “Unconditional Love” there would be reference to Geri Flatz!! So seldom did she ever speak a harsh word; that those rare occasions were memorable and accurate! She was loved by so many friends and only saw the good in people. Geri will be sorely missed; our world has changed…

A Graveside Service will be held at 2 pm at the Gascoyne Cemetery on September 23rd, 2012. Wear blue, if you would like; any color blue as it was her favorite color!! If you have stories that you would like to share, please do!