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Jack R. Geidel, grocery store owner, civic leader

Jan. 14, 1927 – Aug. 23, 2013

Jack R. Geidel, a former grocery store owner and longtime school board president in Angola, died Aug. 23. He was 86.

Mr. Geidel was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Angola after a stint in the U.S. Army. After arriving, he managed the Grandview Supermarket and became a sales representative for General Foods, where he received an award for Outstanding Sales Performance in Supermarket Services.

Later, Mr. Geidel owned Bells IGA grocery for nearly 20 years, often giving students at Lake Shore High School their first jobs. After the store closed, he operated an embroidery and screen printing business with one of his daughters, and he worked for National Fuel.

Mr. Geidel was on the Lake Shore Central School Board for 32 years, 26 of them as board president. He was a longtime member of the Lions Club, where he helped establish youth days at Crystal Beach. He was also a member of the Marine Midland Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Managers of Erie County Sewer District 2 and a committee member of the New York State School Boards Association.

Mr. Geidel was named Citizen of the Year by the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce and was an honorary member of the LSC Alumni Association. He was inducted into the Lake Shore “Wall of Fame” in 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Anna M. Wockasen; two daughters, Andrea Lynn Wiley and Sandra Lewis; and a son, Timothy.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola.

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