Geraldine Cejka Saucier, born December 31, 1920 a native of Chicago and resident of Baton Rouge, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lionel Saucier, parents, Louis and Josephine Cejka., and her 4 siblings, Blanche, Louis Jr., Georgiana and Edward. She is survived by her children: Janet Finta and Ellen Gannuch, her7 grandchildren, 16 great-children and 1 great-great grandson.
Geraldine was nicknamed “Toots” by her father on the day she was born in their home in Chicago, however she later became lovingly known as “Gagee” to all who knew her. She graduated from Farragut High School in Chicago, married in 1940 and moved to New Orleans.
Toots tended bar at “The Friendly Bar” owned by her mother-in-law, Edna Moore and also kept the books for the Lion Tool & Die Company established by her husband.
She served as president of a garden club near her home in Gentilly Woods where she lived for 45 years before she lost her house during Katrina and moved to Baton Rouge where she lived with her daughter Janet Finta.
She was a generous contributor to many charities over the years and took a special interest in the North American Indians.
Visitation will take place at Resthaven Funeral Home in Baton Rouge Friday, November 10th from 5pm – 8pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Baton Rouge, Saturday, November 11th. Visitation will begin at 9:30 immediately followed by Mass at 10:30 and the Interment will be in New Orleans at St. Patrick’s Cemetery #1.
Pallbearers will be: Jim and Brady Finta, Brian and Gabe Vandegrift, Craig and Tony Gannuch, Lance and Henry Nowacki,
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org/Donate, St. Labre Indian School, www.stlabre.org, Dakota Indian Foundation, www.dakotaindianfoundation.org, St. Joseph’s Indian School, www.stjo.org/Native-American/Support, and Franciscan University of Steubenville, https://www.franciscan.edu in Geraldine Saucier’s name.
Gagee’s family wishes to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Dr. David West, the ladies from Cardinal Hospice and Griswold Home Care as well as Fr. Phil Spano of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
Gagee was the best Great Grandma. She was funny, cuddly, sweet and kind. She made us happy when we got her cards in the mail. We will miss you Gagee.
Mason and Mabel xxxx
Mason and Mabel FintaSan Diego, CA
We were blessed to have visited New Orleans to visit with Aunt Toots, Ellen, and Janet. Our visit will always be remembered by our Aunt's sincere smile and wonderful spirit. We sincerely were blessed to know and to have her as our aunt and dearest family member. God Bless ....
Thomas A. & Donna M. CejkaFond du Lac, WI
What a lady! What a life! To dearest Ellen and family, our respect to a fine woman and our love to you.
Edi, Tana, and Louise CrampBaton Rouge, LA
May God bless Toots and Lionel for being my sons Godparents and always very sweet and loving friends to Ileana, Bert and Bridget. Prayers and happinesd.
Ileana TaylorPrairieville, LA
"Toots" was a very special friend to me. We've been exchanging Christmas cards for about 20 years and I will really miss our communicating this way. She would keep my posted with pictures throughout the years. I am very saddened to hear of her departure.
Billy Van WaesbergeSlidell, LA