Georgeann D. Stees, 82,  of Geneseo went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village, where she had been a resident for almost three years. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Thursday, ?July 23, at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Ritter and the Rev. Dr. Terrell “T.J.” Johnson officiated. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation was held Wednesday, July 22, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, due to allergies in the family, the family requests that memorials be made to Geneseo First United Methodist Church.


Georgeann D. Stees, 82,  of Geneseo went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village, where she had been a resident for almost three years. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Thursday, ?July 23, at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Ritter and the Rev. Dr. Terrell “T.J.” Johnson officiated. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation was held Wednesday, July 22, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, due to allergies in the family, the family requests that memorials be made to Geneseo First United Methodist Church.

She was born July 11, 1927, in Sebring, Ohio. She was the only child of Clarence “Cappy” Lamar and Erma Jane (Adams) Wilson. She was a 1945 graduate of Hammond Technical High School in Hammond, Ind. She married Robert “Bob” Owen Stees Jan. 26, 1946, in Geneseo.?He died April 13, 2006. She was blessed to be able to stay at home and raise their five daughters. She enjoyed sewing, baking, being with her friends and going to dances with her husband. In her later years, she learned to quilt, oil paint, sketch drawing, attended ceramic classes and was very involved with the Geneseo chapter of Christian Women’s Club. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling throughout the continental United States, especially enjoying their many trips to the Gulf Coast of Florida with their dear friends, Dr. Lyn and Edith Watters. She was a member of First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Geneseo Art League, Eastern Star and helped with Rainbow Girls. She dearly loved her family, her many friends, and her family of faith — all of whom she spent many hours praying fervently for throughout her lifetime.

Survivors include her half-sister and spouse, Roberta “Bobbi” and Raymond Zeitler of Seattle, Wash.; five daughters and spouses, Lyn and Jim VanVooren of Geneseo, Jai and Gino Braggs of Moline, Kay and Paul Terpening of Geneseo, Dru and Dean Clementz of Geneseo and Chris and Terry Francis of Choctaw, Okla.; 12 grandchildren and spouses, Julie and Ford Shick of Bettendorf, Iowa, Lisa and Tom Priester of Jupiter, Fla., Jason and Stephanie VanVooren of Fishers, Ind., Justin and Heather VanVooren of Montgomery,  Holly Travis of East Moline, Wade Braggs of Henderson, Nev., Dennis and Becky Clementz of Geneseo, Derrick Clementz of Geneseo, Denise Clementz of Geneseo, Noah Terpening of Geneseo, Naomi Terpening of Geneseo, and Joshua Francis of Choctaw; 13 great-grandchildren, Gabriella VanVooren, Caleb VanVooren and Natalie Rypel, all of Fishers, Matthew VanVooren, Emily VanVooren and Jessica VanVooren, all of Montgomery, Alexandra Shick, Ford Shick, Jr. and Charlie Shick, all of Bettendorf, Elle Priester of Jupiter, Claire Braggs and Ava Braggs, both of Henderson, Nola Travis of East Moline; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Bob; her parents; and her stepfather, George Leonard Brown.