Former Kenai resident Geraldine C.E. (Geri) Sparks died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at her home in Sheridan, Wyo. She was 59.
Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Champion Ferries Funeral Home in Sheridan. Funeral liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Ronald Stolcis as celebrant. Cremation will follow the service, and private family inurnment services will be at a later date.
Mrs. Sparks was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Delfft, Netherlands, to Augustus and Hestra (den Otter) van den Steene. She immigrated to Canada in 1956, where she received her schooling, and came to the United States in 1963. She married Tom Sparks on June 25, 1967, in San Jose, Calif.
She was involved in the beautification of Kenai and served on the city council. She also designed the city flag for the bicentennial of Kenai.
She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Mother Cabrini Circle in Wyoming. She also was an avid stamp collector, a master gardener, a traveler and a seamstress.
"One of her greatest inspirations in life was overcoming challenges with a positive spirit and strength of mind. This wonderful attribute will continue to serve as a source of inspiration to all of us," her family said.
"She showed great devotion to her family, especially loving to spend time with her grandchildren. She will be immensely missed by family and many friends.
"Our aspiring angel has opened her angel window to travel on the road to peace."
Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Tom, of Sheridan; sons, Robert Sparks and his wife, Hillery, of Montana, and Brian Sparks of Wyoming; two grandchildren, Sierra and Trey Sparks; brother, Johannes van den Steene and his wife, Marie Anne, of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada; sisters, Connie van der Steene of Windsor, Ontario, and Margaret Costa and her husband, Dennis, of Clinton Township, Mich.; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials in memory of Mrs. Sparks may be made to Holy Name School, 9 S. Connor, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Arrangements were made by Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
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