Rosalee Geray

rosalee geray

Rosalee passed away on May 31, 2014 at the Hillsboro Medical Center at the age of 64.

Rosalee Schiwal was born on July 18, 1949, the daughter of Mike and Georgia (Schaff) Schiwal in Dickinson, ND. She grew up in the Mott, ND area and graduated from Mott High School. Rosalee was married to Dennis Meier. They moved to Hillsboro in 1969 and later divorced. Rosalee worked for the Hillsboro Medical Center for nearly 35 years, leaving an impact on everyone she met. Rosalee was united in marriage to Hank Geray in 2002. Together they enjoyed traveling, side by side, throughout the United States and Canada attending horse pulls. Throughout her life, Rosalee loved following all of her grandchildren in their activities. She was a proud grandma and cherished the time spent with all of her family. She was an avid Green Bay Packers Fan and a longtime, devoted member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro.

Rosalee is survived her husband, Henry “Hank” Geray of Hillsboro; her son, Darin Meier of Houston, MN; her daughter, Kristy (Paul) Folz of Spring Grove, MN; her three grandchildren – Andrew, Alene, and Alex; her mother, Georgia Schiwal of Spearfish, SD; her six step children – Nick (Coleen) Geray of Hillsboro; Mike Geray of Fargo, ND; Paul (Sheila) Geray of Hillsboro; Tom (Marsha) Geray of Moorhead, MN; Robert (Sandy) Geray of Iona, ID; and Denise (Wade) Haman of Hillsboro; her 20 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings – Mike (Genie) Schiwal, John Derrek, Linda (Richard) Lindemann, David Schiwal, Donald Schiwal, Rebecca (Dean) Lutz, Bernadette (Brian) Kilzer and Michelle (Dion) Ottmar; and several nieces and nephews.

Rosalee was preceded in death by her father, Mike; her brother, Raymond; and her step grandson, Hunter Haman.

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  1. Fresno CAIt was with shock, and then great sadness to hear about the loss of a great 1967 high school classmate.We shared several things in common, such as the same birth month, senior class play, and we both came from musical families.I remember our best times together were the practicies and performances of the Cafe Concerts.Rosalee was fun,vivacious, and yet, humble.Always a giver.So, Rosalee, may you now rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.

  2. Hillsboro ND
    Rosie and I worked together for many years at HMC. The accomplishments over those years are, in part, due to her encouragement and support. More important than the work was the friendship. I will miss stopping by to visit her at the Medical Center. We had lots of laughs over the years. My prayers are for all of you as family.

  3. Cold Spring MN
    I have fond memories of Rosalee from our class of 1967. Breaks my heart to hear this news and to realize we will never meet up again on this earth.

    I know you will all miss her but her light will shine on in your memories.

    Offering you all my deepest sympathy for your loss of Rosalee –

    Rhonda Green Rossman

  4. Mayville ND
    I got the extreme pleasure if working with Rosie in Hillsboro the last couple years and she always had a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with you

  5. Lead South DakotaThe Entire Schiwal Family’
    And Hank

    The loss of a Wife, mother, sister, friend is never easy for those of us left behind. Our only comfort is knowing where they are now. Life does not end, it only continues on. For those of us left without them it hurts. Time does not heal all wounds, but time makes the pain less. She is happy now with her Jesus. We will see her again. Joy comes in the Morning.

    My prayers are for your strength and comfort during this time.

    I miss you all.
    Love, Cindi, Matthew, Donovan and Olivia Derrek

  6. Mott ND
    Dear friends,
    My deepest sympathy and prayers to you all in this sad time of Rosalee’s death.. Our families have been friends for many years-kids being classmates etc. I will always remember the day that Jim died, Kristi and I sat upstairs at mass that evening and you guys all came to meet us afterwards as we came downstairs-you were there because the mass that tine was for your dad’s death anniversary.
    I especially remember Father Reardon’s words-that “death may destroy life, but the relationship continues”. How true

    God Bless you all
    Much love,
    Pat Schwartz

  7. Bismarck ND
    I had the pleasure of working with Rosie during my time as CEO at Hillsboro Medical Center. Rosie was always quick with a smile, and full of good advice as I learned about the organization and the community. She was a vibrant spirit in the midst of HMC. My memories of Rosie now bring a smile to my face, while at the same time my heart is heavy with knowing that she is no longer with us. I am comforted with also knowing that she is no longer suffering, but is now joyous in the presence of our Saviour.

  8. Richardton N.D
    .To the family of Rosalee Garay, no words can express the sorrow we feel at the loss of your dear loved one. May God give you all the peace,comfort, and strength you need at this time. May He hold you in the palm of His hand and help you through this. Heaven is a wonderful place, but we hate to be without the ones we love so much. You all are in our thoughts and prayers now and will be in the days to come. God bless you all, always!!

  9. Jamestown ND
    My dear big sister…my heart is broken and I don’t know how we can move forward. My only consolation is that you are able to see/visit Dad and Ray , who I miss soooo very much too! Thanks for all the love you showed me and my family over the years…driving to GF will never be the same 🙁 Love and miss you!!

  10. Omaha NeTo the family of Rosalee,

    I was nine when Rosalee was born I was such a young Aunt and now it is hard to believe she is gone. It is so hard loosing a sister so close to the loss of your brother. My prayers and my families prayers are with you.


    Aunt Joanne and family

  11. Bismarck ND
    Hank, Kristy,Darin and family-
    I did not post comments on Facebook, as I am not good with condolences. I hope you know that I am thinking of you all at this sad time- and also for the whole Schiwal family as you have had to experience 2 family losses in such a short time.
    Please know we care.

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