John B. Geller

June 24, 1928February 25, 2013

GELLER, JOHN Passed away peacefully of natural causes in Birmingham AL on February 25, 2013 at the age of 84. Born in Detroit Michigan on 24 June 1928 to Norman and Rose (Burns) Geller. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1951 and from the University of Detroit Law School in 1953. He went on to serve his country in the US Army in Japan from 1954 to 1956. For many years John taught History and English at Austin Catholic Preparatory School in Detroit where he was the Head of the Social Studies Department and coach of the golf team. He retired from the legal department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 1988. John was a long time parishioner of St. Paul on the Lake Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister Mary (Geller) Donlevy of Birmingham, AL, as well as several nephews and nieces. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday March 3 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Birmingham, AL, preceded by recitation of the rosary at 9:15 and visitation at 9:30. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Hubbardston, MI on 8 March 2013. Memorials' may be sent to St. Martin's in the Pines, Birmingham Al or St Francis Xavier Church, Birmingham AL


  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Dave Laney

November 28, 2013

Mr Geller, as known to me, was one of my favorite teachers. He was strict, but that is what I needed to knuckle down and succeed as an Austin grad. I have fond memories. God bless his soul.

Dave Laney 1969 Austin grad

Jim Valice

March 7, 2013

John Geller was one of my history teachers at Austin Prep in Michigan. He was such an inspiration to me. I later went on to get a Masters degree in History at the University of Detroit because of History teachers like Mr Geller. God Bless him.

Philip Ventura

March 6, 2013

John was my teacher at Austin Prep in the 60s and colleague there in the early 70s.
A very smart and gracious Catholic gentleman.

March 4, 2013

Sorry to hear of John's passing. We played tennis together in high school. John taught me how to play golf at Pine River CC with his dad Norman's hickory shafted clubs. I haven't seen John since high school. but I thought of him now and then. Peace be with you Mary. I don't know if you remember me. John and I were GOOD FRIENDS. Love and regards. Rondell (BUD) LYTLE

March 1, 2013

What a delight knowing John and having the privilege of praying the weekly Rosary with him at St. Martin's.His enthusiasm and sometimes sharp wit will be affectionly remembered. We pray for the repose of his soul and God's comfort to his family and friends.
Richard and Barbara Juneau, Irondale, Al.


February 28, 2013


Jill Anders

February 28, 2013

We have known John for many years at St. Martins. We started praying the rosary with him in about 2008, and have been blessed by his presence at monthly Mass on first Fridays. He was always cheerful and kind to the children. We will miss him. Eternal rest grant unto him, and may perpetual light shine upon him and may the souls of the faithful departed, and the soul of John Geller rest in peace.