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In Memoriam: Florence Ellen Geisler (my Aunt Flossie), 1904 – 1990

Posted on: April 1, 2017

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Click on the picture to see a whole set of pictures in my album for Aunt Flossie on Flickr.com

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Florence Ellen Geisler

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ABOUT AUNT FLOSSIE ON SING BOOKS WEBSITE

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I adapted the song WALTZING WITH BEARS (and wrote/am writing additional lyrics about her) in honor of Aunt Flossie
AUNT FLOSSIE WALTZING WITH BEARS FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/waltzing-with-bears-for-sbwe/

Sing it with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Memory Lane and the Road to Sing Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/memory-lane-and-the-road-to-sing-books/

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ONLINE DOCUMENTATION ABOUT FLORENCE GEISLER

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Aunt Flossie’s memorial entry in the Indiana University ACADEMY FOCUS Magazine
https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/ias/article/viewFile/8218/8204
FLORENCE ELLEN GEISLER
Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana
January 28, 1904-May 17, 1990
Florence Ellen Geisler received the A.B. degree from Butler University in 1929, and the M.A. in 1933. She taught mathematics and science in Indianapolis Public School #73 for 46 years. A media center at the school has been dedicated in her honor. She
retired in 1970 but remained active in geological and biological societies. Florence was elected to RESA club in 1968 and joined the Indiana Academy of Science in 1933. She attended spring meetings of IAS for many years. With Francis Heuber, she was a co-founder of the Indiana Geology and Gem society. She taught summer courses in botany at Butler University, and was a docent for the Indiana State Museum and the Children’s Museum. Florence rearranged the rock collection of the state museum, and gave frequent talks about lapidary, geological and gemstone subjects.

She will be missed by her many students, and for her work with helping friendless animals.

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Aunt Flossie’s obituary from Indianapolis newspapers and a picture of her graveside in Russiaville, IN on the United States Cemetary Project website
http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/indiana/howard/russiaville/g/geislerf.htm

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A paper Aunt Flossie wrote in 1945, featured on the Butler University Botany website:
http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/botanical/vol7/iss1/6/

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A paper Aunt Flossie wrote in 1931, featured on the Butler University Botany website:
http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/botanical/vol2/iss1/7/

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Indianapolis Children’s Museum’s Geisler Geology Collection part of museum’s Natural History Collection:
“Geisler Geology Collection—A substantial donation of rocks, minerals, and fossils from Florence Geisler, a well-known supporter of science education and one of Indiana’s most prolific collectors.”
https://www.childrensmuseum.org/content/natural-science-collection

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ACADEMY Focus Obituary
Aunt Flossie was honored in IU’s ACADEMY Focus, A Supplement to The Proceedings
(Volume 99, No. 2-4, 1991), for the Members of the Indiana Academy of Science
NECROLOGY REPORT
https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/ias/article/viewFile/8218/8204

FLORENCE ELLEN GEISLER
Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana
January 28, 1904 May 17, 1990
Florence Ellen Geisler received the A.B. degree from Butler University in 1929, and the M.A. in 1933. She taught mathematics and science in Indianapolis Public School #73 for 46 years. A media center at the school has been dedicated in her honor. She retired in 1970 but remained active in geological and biological societies. Florence was elected to RESA club in 1968 and joined the Indiana Academy of Science in 1933. She attended spring meetings of IAS for many years. With Francis Heuber, she was a co-founder of the Indiana Geology and Gem society. She taught summer courses in botany at Butler University, and was a docent for the Indiana State Museum and the Children’s Museum. Florence rearranged the rock collection of the
state museum, and gave frequent talks about lapidary, geological and gemstone subjects. She will be missed by her many students, and for her work with helping friendless animals.

 

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EMILY’S NOTES ON AUNT FLOSSIE

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Aunt Flossie had a beautiful, lush, flower garden and she took beautiful pictures of the flowers

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Aunt Flossie had a squirrel named Brownie.

Brownie’s “nest” was in the cabinet under her bathroom sink.  She only had one bathroom in her little house, so if you needed to use the bathroom, you HAD to go in there.  It was slightly terrifying (but also thrilling) to be in there with the squirrel.  On your way into the bathroom, she’s warn you not to open the door to the cabinet under the sink!  She did let us meet Brownie a few times.
I’m not sure how she came to care for Brownie.  I imagine the squirrel must have been injured and she took it in.
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We celebrated Christmas with Aunt Flossie at her crowded little home every year.  She collected up “loot” all year long and put these things in grocery sacks.  I loved this stuff.  Things like candies and little toys.  Also pencils and pads of paper with cats on them. Lots of things like that she got for sending in labels from cat food cans and bags.

When we came in the door she’d give ecstatic, suffocating hugs, bouncing us up and down

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I have a pair of Aunt Flossie’s cat eyes glasses

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When Aunt Flossie died, my mom and her sisters cleaned out the house.
There are MANY stories associated with this event.

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Aunt Flossie had at least 12 cats and a few dogs.

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Aunt Flossie was a hoarder

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Aunt Flossie was the sister of my mother’s birth father, Walter Geisler.  He left the family when my mom was just 5 or so and moved away.  But my grandmother, nonetheless, kept in contact with his sister Florence.

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I remember my Aunt Flossie as being  lively and loving, wanting to share, wanting contact, wanting to give.  She always sent holiday and birthday cards (every holiday, including “lesser” ones). I was always so, so excited to see her and looked forward to her “bags of loot.”  She always spoke with a lot of energy in her voice, with a high pitch, enthusiasm like a mixture of Julia Child and that lady who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the original Wizard of Oz.  Aunt Flossie was never in any way unkind!  But that is the sort of way she talked, with that kind of direct energy.  I loved her and was fascinated by her.

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Aunt Flossie inspired my early love of geology, rock hunting. I went on lots of trips with the Indianapolis Children’s Museum to visit the streams all over Indiana to collect bags full of geodes and fossil specimens.  I still have a great appreciation of the geology sections in Natural History Museums.  She also was one of the people who inspired me to love and appreciate the natural beauty of flowers, plants and animals.

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My notes about Aunt Flossie from post for song I dedicated to her:
AUNT FLOSSIE WALTZING WITH BEARS FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/waltzing-with-bears-for-sbwe/
I had a fascinating and eccentric aunt named Florence Geisler. All us kids called her Aunt Flossie.  She was a geologist, an elementary school teacher, and a university professor.  She taught my mom (her own niece) in elementary school, but also taught courses at Butler University. She was a geologist in a time when there were very few women doing this work.  She traveled all over the world and collected specimens of rocks and minerals.  The basement of her home was filled with these things, meticulously labelled with the sample name and place of origin written in ball point pen on pieces of medical tape.  But this is what made her vast collection so special, researchers could know WHERE the sample came from.  When she died, we donated her collection to the Indiana State Museum.  Her collection is an important aspect of their holdings now, and one can sometimes see her items on display, medical tape labels and all.

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Aunt Flossie had an incredible collection of vintage, crystal jewelry.  I love sparkly baubles and many of the most coveted pieces in my collection came from Aunt Flossie.

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Related Posts

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IN MEMORIAM
This is a page of links to posts I’ve assembled in the memory of people who have meant the world to me.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/in-memorium/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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