Rolling Oaks Funeral Home

400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX


Mary Julia Geercken

19 août 193213 juin 2020

Mary Julia (Bunty) Geercken (née Coughlan) was born on August 19, 1932 in Westport, Ireland. She was the third of eight children, raised by her parents, Mary and Patrick Coughlan, in a rural part of County Mayo.

Life on the family farm was characterized by lots of love, laughter and camaraderie, but the family endured challenges and tragedy too. Her eldest brother died in childhood, and her father passed when Mary was just 13 years old. At 15, she began working at a local shirt factory to help her mother and siblings make ends meet. When she was 17, her mother arranged for Mary to travel to Brooklyn, New York to live with her aunt and uncle, Pat and Georgina Hughes. It was there that she first met her cousins, Anna, Julia and Patsy Hughes, who embraced her as a sister. Mary always treasured her relationships with her cousins and viewed them as siblings.

Shortly after arriving in New York, Mary began working at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel. She started as a page and then worked in the Front Office. It was there that she met her husband of 58 years, Walter Geercken, who worked at the hotel’s florist.

After Mary and Walter married, they moved to the Village of Freeport. She and Walter raised three children there, while Walter worked at the Atlantic Nursery and Mary became a devoted and active member of Our Holy Redeemer Church. Among other things, she volunteered at the church, at Our Holy Redeemer School and at the local soup kitchen. She and Walter were open and unfailingly generous with their time and resources and frequently welcomed visitors from all over the world into their home. In the late 1970’s, they took on the role of host parent for an Australian teenager, Nick Murfett, for a year; he quickly became and still remains another part of the family. In Freeport, Mary also took on the role of primary caregiver with tenderness and good humor of her blind and ill mother-in-law for more than 13 years.

In later years, Mary and Walter moved to Langhorne PA, where they provided tremendous support to their eldest daughter and her family. Mary became a part of the Saint Ignatius faith community, as well as the Fairless Hill YMCA and forged numerous valuable friendships there. For the past 8 years, Mary and Walter have lived, loved and celebrated life in Lewisville, TX, ten minutes from their youngest daughter, Elisabeth and her family. St. Ann Catholic Church was a wonderful new parish where she formed new and lasting relationships in the parish and among her neighbors and friends in Vista Ridge Estates. Mary died at home on June 13, 2020, of advanced Alzheimer’s disease, with dignity, maintaining a kind and peaceful grace to the very end.

Mary’s family was wide-reaching: her husband, her children, Janet and Sig Feile and the entire team at Atlantic Nursery, her 7 siblings, their families across the globe in Ireland, England, France, Germany, Australia, India and any other kindly kindred spirit crossing her path.

She is survived by her husband, Walter, her children and their respective spouses, Maria and Chris Herrel, Karl and Monica Geercken (née Mukherji) and Elisabeth and William Daron Cole; her grandchildren: Philip Anil Geercken, Sean Walter Geercken, Christopher Gerard Herrel, Julia Frances Herrel, Kenneth William Cole, Ryan Charles Cole, Nikolas Walter Cole and Martin Patrick Cole. Her sister, Breda Basquill, Covid-19 survivor, continues her life journey in Padiham, England. Mary cherished all her Irish siblings – Patrick, Elly, Breda, Vera, Carmel, Kitty and John – Marcel Derrien, Vera’s surviving husband, Marcie Coughlan, John’s surviving wife, and Mary’s many nephews and nieces.

Mary’s life was characterized by kindness, generosity, a commitment to service and simple humility – values that served her well and enriched all who met her.


  • Visitation

    jeudi, 18 juin , 2020

  • Rosary Service

    jeudi, 18 juin , 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    vendredi, 19 juin , 2020


Mary Julia Geercken


Nicholas Murfett

4 juillet , 2020

Mary Geercken was my American Irish Mum.
When I arrived in New York for a year as a 17 year old boy on a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, fresh from a Tasmanian farm, I was both intensely excited and anxious. I remember on my first night falling on my knees to pray to God. With all the sirens I could hear, so foreign to me, I prayed "please God help me to survive !" Without Mary I doubt I would have got through this year as happily as I did or at all. Mary was my mum. She loved me and looked after me. Home for me in America was always where she was. In that big comfortable home in Freeport with all the beautiful food she bought, with the kids, with the laughter and the conversation.
Her home was always immaculate.
She had an enormous heart. She loved people in an Irish way. In a way of acceptance and tolerance. With a laugh.
I was often naughty, and she accepted that too. She defended me saying that I was "like the boys at home". She loved a drink, in an Irish way. She and I would sometimes have a drink together in the evening and have a laugh.
This was all so close to home for me and it was the main reason I could get through the year. Like her children and Walter, she kept everyone grounded.
She loved her Walter and her children so much.
Her life was largely in service to them.
I am sure that St Peter will have warmly welcomed her through the pearly gates, hopefully with a celebratory Manhattan.
Rest in Peace dear Mary. I am so grateful for your loving presence in my life. Love Nick

Barbara Althouse

20 juin , 2020

I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. You're in my thoughts and prayers. God is always in your corner at a time like this - and so am I. I have such fond memories of our times together at the Fairless Hills YMCA and eating lunch at Cafe Ferraro's. Mary was such a friendly, fun person.

Michael Basquill

19 juin , 2020

Please accept our sincere condolences. May the memories of the love and happy times you shared , sustain you through this difficult time and always. We have fond memories of our trip to New York and the generous hospitality provided to us by Aunt Mary and Uncle Walter.
Rest in peace , Aunt Mary. Remembering you and your family in our prayers. From Michael and Diane Basquill and family.

Michael Connors

19 juin , 2020

We visited Walter and yourself in Long Island, PA and even Texas last year, Always a good time and conversation. Maria, Liz and Karl were lucky to have you as a mother. We miss you already. Rest in Peace Mary.
The Connors Family
Claudine, Mike, Michael, Caitlin and Ryan

Ming Ng

18 juin , 2020

Mary had a beautiful heart She was pure in her love and compassion, and ever so kind. And she had this natural way of making everyone feel like a part of her family. You just cannot help but feel her love, even now.

Paul Basquill

18 juin , 2020

Always positive, always a smile: the best of the best and a wonderful sister to my Mum Breda.

Paul, Ruth, Joe, Sarah, Dan

Debbie Roche

18 juin , 2020

I want to send my condolences to Walter, family and friends. Mary was a very lovely lady, always smiling and very pleasant. I had the pleasure of knowing Mary and Walter for several years when they took my Exercise class ( XYZ ), at the YMCA in Fairless Hills, Pa.
I’m sure she will be missed, my she Rest In Peace .

Debbie Roche

Janrt Feile

17 juin , 2020

My best friend for 40 years. A caring loving beautiful woman who I and my family adored. She is the essence of all that is good . She will remain in our hearts and our memory forever. You are the best Maime Now and Forever. I think there’s a special place in heaven for Those special Irish eyes Irish smile that could allure anyone. Love you so much Maime,My soulmate and my second mom

Carla Rollerson

17 juin , 2020

Mrs Mary's Family Is Kind ,Loving, Supporting,Dedicated To Family Values.Her Husband Is Strong,Wise, & Grateful.I Have Enjoyed Being A Part Of The Care Team For Them Both.To Be Absent From The Body Is To Be Present With The Lord.RIP Mrs Mary.

Julie Dooney

17 juin , 2020

Uncle Walter, Maria, Karl and Liz,
My deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your families. Blessed are you to have had such wonderful wife and Mom.
The Geercken family always had a place in our family’s heart. You are a special family.
What I remember most are the visits in NY. When you stopped by unexpectedly, Mary happily greeted with a smile and hug welcoming you in as if she was expecting you. And the stories, laughter and joy she shared with my Mom from their glory days at the Waldorf to everyday situations, I always felt happy after visit with Aunt Mary, they were good times that I cherish.
Although Alzheimer's deprived Mary of her memory, and it terrible. The laughter, the joy, the memories she leaves behind far outweighs harshness of the disease. So “thanks for the memories” Aunt Mary. Heaven will be a happier place now that you have arrived.
I hope St Peter has a Manhattan in hand for you and greets you with a big hug.
Rest In Peace.