Mariana Amy (McNamee) Geissel

Mariana Amy (McNamee) Geissel, 49 , passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends March 22, 2014, at Mayfair Village in Columbus, Ohio.

She was was a teacher with Columbus Public Schools, former Coordinator of the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, member of Christian Community Church where she was active with MOPS, VBS, Joyland and a Life Group Leader, PTO member at Wright Elementary and Windermere Elementary Schools, member of Columbus Ski Club, graduate of Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, and received a BS Degree from The Ohio State University in 1988.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thomas and Virginia Abdella and Roland and Eloise McNamee; father-in-law, Karl Geissel; and uncles, Michael and Steve Abdella.

She is survived by devoted, loving husband, Steve; adored sons, Daniel, Drew and Joey; mother, Roslyne Abdella; father, James R. (Linda) McNamee; brother, Marty McNamee; sister, AnnMarie McNamee; stepsisters, Jackie (Mike) Wallace and Felice (Sam) Tzabery; mother-in-law, Marie Geissel; brothers-in-law, Warren (Eaphie) Geissel, Bob (Danya) Kimm, Alan (Helene) Geissel and Ken (Ellen) Geissel; loving godparents, Sandy and Dick Mills; aunts, Ann McNamee and Linda Abdella; and uncle, Charlie Abdella.

Mariana will also be dearly missed by her cousins, nieces and nephews, many close friends and neighbors past and present, especially those from Christian Community Church whose enduring love and support for Mariana and her family during this journey has never waivered.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel, 3100 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Christian Community Church, 5586 Olentangy River Rd. Pastor Duane Flemming will be officiating. Private graveside service and interment will be at Union Cemetery.

You can make a donation to the Joyland Children’s Ministry of Christian Community Church. Please make the check out to CCC (In the memo: write, Joyland, in memory of Mariana Geissel), c/o Christian Community Church, 5586 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, or visit

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