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Angie S. Geer, 99, teacher, librarian in Holland; May 26, 1911 -- March 21, 2011

Angie S. Geer, a former public school teacher and librarian in the Holland Central School District, died last Monday in Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, Springville. She was 99.

Born Angie Sortore in Binghamton, she graduated from Binghamton Central High School. She had lived in Holland since 1937.

Mrs. Geer, known to her friends as "Anne," graduated from Oneonta State Normal School, taught elementary school for three years and went to Geneseo State Normal School to get a teaching certification in library science and secondary English, followed later with bachelor of arts degrees in both subjects.

Mrs. Geer was hired to teach secondary English and serve as librarian in the Holland Central School District in 1937, when female teachers could not retain their jobs after marriage. She was married shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, and the School Board waived the rules because so many young male teachers had left for the armed services.

After an eight-year hiatus to be home with her two children, she returned to teaching, retiring in 1976. She was president of the Holland Teachers Association the first year it organized.

She was a member for 64 years of Holland United Methodist Church and a member Fern Leaf Reading Club; Vernon Chapter 611, Order of the Eastern Star; and Frank H. Brink Post 607, American Legion.

Mrs. Geer was also a charter member of Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority and was named a "Woman of Distinction" in 2007.

Her husband, Sheridan K., died in 2009.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Geer and Janet Bradley.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holland United Methodist Church, Partridge Road.


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