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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Dr. Henry "Gus" Augustus Geidel Jr.

March 8, 1925January 4, 2020

Henry “Gus” Augustus Geidel, Jr., finished the final chapter of his life peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2020, reuniting in Heaven with his wife and love of his life, Elizabeth “Liz” Wait Geidel.

Gus grew up in Glen Cove, NY, and attended Cornell University from 1943¬–1946, with his dedicated service to the Navy paving his way to a graduate-level dental program at the University of Pennsylvania. Following his degree in 1950, he and Liz (whom he married in 1947) moved to Lowville, NY, where he grew to become the community’s much-loved dentist. Spending several years away from the community for additional military service at Camp LeJune Marine Base in North Carolina as a Lieutenant did not dampen their enthusiasm for his return when he and his growing family moved back to Lowville permanently in 1956. There, amid the lush Adirondacks where he loved to hunt in the fall and ride snowmobiles in the winter, he and Liz raised their children.

Not only a proud veteran, enthusiastic outdoorsman, and dedicated family man, Gus was an integral part of his community, wearing not only his dentist’s coat but the hats and pins of an American Legion Commander, Kawanis Club president, Elk’s Club member, and masonic lodge Master Mason. He was also an active member of the Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry of his parish in Lowville and remaining involved in the Church throughout the rest of his life.

Gus was “Dad” to his four children and their spouses—Chris and Mary Geidel, Gwendelyn Geidel and Frank Caruccio (d. 2009), Henry III and Becky Geidel, and Gail and Lew Costantini—and loved fiercely as “Pa” to his eight grandchildren and their spouses—Ben and Danielle Geidel, Gus and Heather Geidel, Lisa and Russ Schuchman, Scott and Katie Geidel, Christina Caruccio and Dan Scannell, Frank and Emily Caruccio, Melissa and Welington Maluf, and Catherine and James Best. Pa doted on and delighted in his ten great-grandchildren—Nathan, Jack, and Grace Geidel; Holden and Willa Geidel; Nora and Emily Geidel; Charlotte and Sophia Best; and Felicity Maluf. Pa showed his love not only with stories, hugs, and jokes, but with beautifully worked tables and candlesticks that became treasured wedding gifts over the years, a testament to his skill as a brilliant woodworker and expert craftsman.

Paramount in Gus’s life was his adoration of his wife, Liz. As high-school sweethearts they found love early, and over the course of their lives and eventual sixty-six years of marriage they were inseparable. Finding any excuse to dance to their beloved Big Band music, or to host a cocktail party for their neighbors and friends, Gus and Liz created true joy in their lives. Active travelers and fond of a good drive, Gus and Liz visited all fifty states over the course of their adventures and settled on Manteo, NC, nestled in the beaches of the Outer Banks, to spend their snow-free final years, moving there in 1996. True to their wedding vows, in sickness and in health, Gus also cared for Liz after her stroke near the end of her life, eventually moving them to Columbia, SC, where they became beloved members of the Wildewood Downs retirement community. They remained in touch with friends and family across the country, including Liz’s sisters-in-law, Nancy Wait and Carol Wait, and their surviving cousins, Rick Comstock and Janet Green. Although Gus said goodbye to Liz on December 31, 2013, the stories he told of her kept her close in spirit.

Gus’s sprawling and ever-growing family misses him dearly, his legacy not defined by the things he did but by the family ties he forged in the furnace of his heart. We love you, Pa. Rest well.

Private service being held on Wednesday at Wildewood Downs. A Memorial Celebration for family and friends will be held at the end of March, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any contributions be made to Gus’s preferred charity, Operation Smile, or to your charity of choice.

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Judy Wait

January 15, 2020

"Uncle Gus" will forever have a fond place in my memory for so many reasons. He reached out to his family members on a regular basis....to my mother, his sister-in-law, after several fractures last year, and called frequently to see how she was doing. He kept up with her....and other family members, always cheerful and jovial in his conversations. In the last 10 years or so, I called him from time to time, and he would greet me with so much kindness and caring, and brought joy to my heart with all his wonderful jokes! He talked so lovingly of his children, his wife, my "Aunt Liz" and the wonderful years he spent raising their family, traveling, enjoying music and dancing. I can only imagine how many other people he touched with his kindness, caring, and wonderfully cheerful spirit. I will surely keep Uncle Gus alive in my memory.

Ladd/Judy Harris

January 15, 2020

Judy and I fondly remember our time in Lowville, NY where Gus, Liz, and the family were treasured gifts and friends to us. There was the Thanksgiving when snowed in, they invited us for dinner as our family couldn't come. We had lots of laughs, especially snowmobiling and choir parties. Gus was very supportive when serving on the vestry and Liz was head of the altar guild. Our last time with them was when they took us to dinner prior to our moving to Grand Rapids, MI. He continued to send us a Christmas card each year, even this past year prior to this death. He has now passed on from Life to Life in the great kingdom of God, and now holding close his beloved Liz.

Paul Schulz

January 8, 2020

You Know You're from Lewis County, NY, if... PART 4
Barb Sheridan Praying for you and your family Henry! Was so great seeing you!!
Judith Burrows Sorry for your loss Henry and family. May the Lord give you strength and guide you through your grief
Rosemary Roy He was my 2nd. Was very nice and did a great job

Paul Schulz

January 6, 2020

You Know You're from Lewis County, NY, if PART 3
David Schulz He was my dentist and neighbor. I also remembered the treasure toy chest in the closet. He taught the neighborhood kids kick the can. To the Geidels, sorry for your loose and thanks for the memories
Jim Jerome I enjoyed the heck out of chasing deer with doc as a kid in the north woods.. What a great impression he made on all of us with his wit & wisdom. He will be missed but lives on in many fond memories. Doc & all the old members of the Kelly Hill Club were the best
Beth Hall My childhood dentist
David Reed So very sorry for your family’s loss he was my first dentist to and his family went to our church
Julie Petrus My favorite dentist! He was amazing
Emily Caruccio All these comments are absolutely beautiful. I kindly request if you would share these comments on the obituary page, Gus’ children are not on Facebook and would cherish them
Joe Getman Our family dentist -a truly wonderful man and person. Our condolences to the family
Carol Hutchins My condolences to the family
Cheryl Shenkleoneill So sorry to hear this, prayers to the family
Tom Tabolt So sorry for your loss he was an amazing man and there was no dentist out there like him. Truly enjoyed having him for my dentist. I can honestly say he was the only dentist I looked forward go seeing.RIP Doc
Tammy Bien My dentist growing up
James Martin That is sad. Condolences to the family
Ray Falk To our absent member
Jackie Prashaw 😢
Donna Loucks My very first dentist. Nice gentleman
Fredenburg He was my dentist for years. So sorry to hear of his passing
Michael Allain sorry to here this he was my dentist all through school good man condolences to the family
Patricia Gentry Taylor 🙏
Mary Blackwell Prayers
Karen Szoke My dentist for a long time and he was always gentle and patient with me cause I was always nervous
Linda Dauksza Dening Prayers for the Geisel family
Kathy Harmych 🙏🙏🙏
Cindy Lehmkuhl Sorry to hear this news
Tammy Vermilling My condolences

Paul Schulz

January 6, 2020

You Know You're from Lewis County, NY, if... PART 2
Mariann Gould Doc was a neighbor for many years. He was a wonderful man. Gail, Henry and families, so very for your loss.
Kristy Nortz Sending condolences from the Nortz family. Gus and Liz were great friends and neighbors of Tom and Lucy Nortz and family for decades. Through thick and thin, their friendship was true. I’m sure Gus and Old Tom are getting reacquainted above with an evening “attitude adjustment”. Cheers Gus! Give Tom a hug from us
Linda Nortz Mine also, couldn’t find anyone I liked as well for a long time
Sheila Yarina He was my dentist also when I was a child.So sorry for your loss.
Cindy Percoski He was my Dentist years ago.
Laurel Leahy He was the Schoff family dentist as well as a good family friend. He and my Dad used to frog hunt and Liz and he joined our parents for social times. Am sure the family has lots of wonderful memories of Doc and Liz
Carol Leviker He was my dentist, he was the best. Sorry for your loss
Rebecca Jordan Geidel Thank you Paul!
Brenda Thenes Disch Henry, sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May wonderful memories help you and your family at this time.
Kevin Jackson My deepest condolences to his entire family. He was a great dentist and an all around nice person.
Everson Sorry for your loss
Patricia Bullington RIP.
Marshalynn Ingersoll Meehan Sorry to hear this. He was our family dentist for years.
Paul DuFlo Gus was a member of Kelly Hill hunting club for decades. We enjoyed his company as Gus always had a keen mind and a quick word. May he rest in peace
Bridget Boliver Prayers to the Geidel family. He used to be my dentist years ago too. What a very nice man.
Lorna Weber So sad. Condolences to the family.
Lyn Mahoney I remember the treasure chest in his office! So sorry for your loss

Paul Schulz

January 6, 2020

Happy trails Doc and here are some comments on my Facebook group: You Know You're from Lewis County, NY, if... PART 1
Carol Ann Zehr Prayers to the family
Kathy Burns Mcintosh I absolutely loved his being my Dentist
Tom Wolfe Sorry for the family. He was a good man
Jean Call Prayers for the family
Bruce Boshart Very sad to hear of Doc’s passing! My prayer are with the Geidel family
Catherine Roy-Schantz So sorry to hear I loved him he was my dentist for many years so many memories of him thoughts and hugs to his family
Joanne Kellogg Loved Dr Geidel and his Beautiful wife Liz Loved watching the two of them dance He was the best Dentist keep those great memories close to your heart
Linda Lomber So sorry for your loss.
He was my dentist and I liked him alot.
Wendy Sweet So sorry to hear this. He was a great dentist and a nice man. So kind to everyone. Once had another dentist call his office staff in to look at the onlays he did for me. He said it was a wonderful job and you don’t see that quality of work anymore
Karen Duflo Scheidelman So very sorry to hear this.....a great dentist!
Marcia Christman Lee He was our family dentist...RIP. Prayers for the family
Harry J. Kiil So sorry to hear of his passing condolences to the family
Eleanor Herzig Thoughts and prayers to the family! He was our dentist for years and was a wonderful dentist!
Joanne Schoff Dicob So sorry to hear this.
Lori Pratt My condolences to the family. Doc was one of a kind!
Barb Halko Sorry to see this. He will be remembered!
Roger Yauchzy Condolences and prayers
Colleen Lanning Love having him as my dentist. He was a gentle soul. May he RIP. My condolences to the family
Cindy Virkler Dosztan Prayers to the family. Dr. Geidel was my first dentist. I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Geidel last summer when he was visiting Virginia Sunderhaft while he was in Lowville.
Carolyn Burnham Condolences to his family . He was our family Dentist when I was growing up. He was always so nice.

Annette Darling

January 6, 2020

Dear Gail and Geidel Family,

I'm so very sorry to hear about you loss. Many happy memories of your parents and visits to the Geidel home when classmates at LACS.

My deepest sympathies,
Annette Edick Darling

Debbie Bush Woodruff

January 5, 2020

I will always remember Dr. Geidel as the best dentist ever. He was great with children but stern when needed, yet always in the most understanding way. Always liked to be able to leave school early to walk to the dentist appointment at his office (I used to ride bus everyday). RIP. Prayers and condolences to his family.

Gail Geidel - Costantini

January 5, 2020

To my Dad ...
You have been a life force throughout all of our family! Loving, generous, powerful, lived life to the fullest,. Loved the outdoors, amazing woodworker. Loved Snowmobiling, vacationing and traveling throughout the entire USA. Loved all of us and we’re proud of all of the family. Children, grandchildren and great grand children!
You were the Great dentist in Lowville,NY
My dad was a mentor for life through example and teaching business disciplines, and life lessons throughout all of our lives...
Our family is together grieving, but feel the joy knowing Dad is now in Heaven... dancing with the love of his life, our Mom, Liz...
We love you Dad! We will miss you here on this earth, but we know you’re now at peace and no more suffering...

Hope Pollitt

January 5, 2020

Please know that Gil and I are thinking of you in this time of sadness and loss. May God provide you with his strength and love in the coming days. Blessings and Peace be with you and the family.

Gil and Hope Pollitt

FROM THE FAMILY