Bernard Paul Geizer, Father, husband, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to all who knew him, Bernard (Bernie) Paul Geizer, aged 83, formerly of Clifton Park, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 15, 2022, at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany, NY, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Bernie was born in the Bronx on May 18, 1938, to Rita and Max Geizer. Together with his younger brother, Ronald Geizer, Bernie spent an exciting childhood playing and attending school in the Bronx. Bernie always shared many stories of growing up in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx, and later in life he brought his family there many times to experience all the sights and sounds of his youth.
He journeyed through this life and raised two children with his wife and best friend, Barbara, for almost 54 incredible years, and they were nearly inseparable for all those years. They were true soulmates as if they were joined at the hip. They always held hands and were constantly laughing at each other’s jokes. After their kids left home, Bernie and Barbara would often hop in the car and drive to new places to explore shops and restaurants together. They also loved to travel, taking several cruises, and visiting places like China, Israel, Greece, and Costa Rica.
As the son of immigrants, Bernie’s parents impressed upon him the importance of a good education. He was proud to be the first in his family to get a college education and advanced degrees. Bernie graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and received his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York, a master’s degree from Rutgers University, and eventually earned his Doctorate from New York University. Bernie worked for the former Legislative Commission on Expenditure Review (LCER) in Albany for many years, eventually becoming its Executive Director, and finished his career as First Deputy Inspector General in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Inspector General’s Office in Manhattan, traveling round trip between NYC and home to Albany via train each week until his retirement.
Bernie was also in the Army, where he was stationed in Germany for a couple of years before attending college.
Bernie was very active in the community. For many years he volunteered as an emergency medical technician and would often go out on emergency calls in the middle of the night. He was also active in the Jewish community and in his synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom in Clifton Park, NY. Bernie served on many local boards and committees. He was a former member of the local planning board, neighborhood Homeowners Association, Capital District YMCA Board of Directors, and was formerly the President of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany. He also led an investment group for his friends in the community. We are pretty sure they did not make any money.
Bernie loved and lived for his friends and family. To know Bernie was to love him, and so many did. He was honest and easy to talk to, and he was wise about so much in life. People came to Bernie for advice, and he was always available to lend a helping hand and an attentive ear. He regularly met his friends for breakfast or lunch and took many sailing trips throughout the years with his friends. He laughed easily and made others feel at ease. He had a fantastic sense of humor, and he loved to dance, especially with his wife.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Barbara (Moskowitz) Geizer, of Coburg Village in Rexford, NY, his daughter, Jodi (Geizer) Krampf and her husband, Jeffrey Krampf, of Littleton, MA; his son, Erik Geizer and his wife, Kimberly Salerno Geizer, of Ballston Lake, NY. He was also an adored grandfather to three grandchildren, Matthew and Marissa Krampf, of Littleton, MA, and Samuel Strohl, of Ballston Lake, NY. He is also survived by his brother, Ronald Geizer, and his wife, Geraldine Fein, of Cuenca, Ecuador. Bernie is also survived by many relatives.
Our family is forever grateful for and offer our sincere thanks to the wonderful, caring, and compassionate staff at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home. Contributions in Bernie’s memory can be made to Daughters of Sarah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Services will be held for immediate family only at Levine Memorial Chapel in Albany, NY on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:00 am and will be virtually broadcast for family and friends. Interment will immediately follow at Saratoga National Cemetery.
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