Harriet E. Geiger of East Amherst, the co-founder of the Four Seasons Restaurants in Western New York, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.
The former Harriet Austin, who would have turned 99 next month, was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of Bennett High School.
She and her late husband, John, opened Airhost hot dog stand on Genesee Street and Dick Road in Cheektowaga 1948. Mrs. Geiger ran the stand, which did not have running water, full-time while her husband worked another job.
The couple sold the property 20 years later, and opened the first Four Seasons Restaurant in Cheektowaga, serving family fare at the Kensington-Harlem-Wehrle intersection. The company grew, eventually running five restaurants and overseeing 400 employees. The company was sold in 2002.
Mrs. Geiger received the Amherst Chamber of Commerce business woman of the year award. She was active in the Sea Scouts Mothers Club and PTA, and was known for her love of dancing, music, traveling and chocolate candy she kept in the freezer. She was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Getzville, and drove her car until she was 95.
Survivors include three sons, Robert A. , James E. and David J.; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Services will be private.