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Earl Eugene “Gene” Geselman, age 83, of Hubbardston, passed away on December 29, 2020 at Country Friends Assisted Living in Sumner.  The son of Arnold & Ida Mae (Knapp) Geselman, he was born on February 01, 1937 in Crystal.  On September 24, 1956 in Hubbardston, he married Susan Kay LaSarge, who survives, and together, they enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Gene worked at General Motors and retired after 32 years of service.   A true family man, he thought the world of his grandkids, and loved keeping up on what was going on in their lives.  He enjoyed racing stock cars in his younger years, and later teaching his grandson, Gabe, the tricks of the trade–even sneaking a dune buggy from the garage (without Grandma knowing), to teach Gabe how to drive a stick shift!

A true outdoorsman, Gene enjoyed deer hunting and his trips to Michigan’s U.P. (Ralph) and would set up his tent and make sure all were fed by being the camp chef.  It wasn’t so much if he got a deer on these many trips, it was the camaraderie and fellowship with those around him.  He lived for camping and fishing trips at Sanderson Lake in Greenville and in Canada with friends and family, especially when they caught their bass and ate them!

Never knowing a stranger, he would help anyone who needed it.  He had a knack for fixing cars, bikes, and almost anything that needed fixin’.  He was known as the town “mechanic” and always found time to help anyone in anyway he could.  He had a love for growing his garden each year, and delighted in giving away his “garden goodies” to family, friends, and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Orville & Lillian LaSarge; his brothers, Lloyd Gesselman and Raymond Gesselman; and his brother and sister-in-law, Duane & Mick LaSarge.

Surviving are his wife, Susan Kay Geselman; their three children, Kenny Geselman, Becky & Doug Proctor, and Kevin & Emily Geselman; six grandchildren, Jeff & Julia Proctor, Breane & Brandon Warner, John & Stephanie Geselman, Caleb Geselman, Maria Geselman, and Gabe Geselman; two great-grandsons, Owen Proctor and Harrison Warner; sisters-in law, Becky Gesselman and Rita Gesselman; his brother, Larry & Linnea Isham; and many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

Graveside services will be held at North Plains Cemetery, and a celebration of life gathering for family and friends will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Gene to the activities fund at Country Friends Assisted Living or to The Care Team Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Gene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville (616) 754-5638.

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15 Comments

  1. alice churchill on January 1, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Becky and Doug, so very sorry for your loss. Gene was a great, kind and giving man that will be truly missed by many. Keeping you and all his family in my thoughts and prayers!



  2. Mike and Jennifer Mills on January 1, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Becky, such a great guy. Love spending time at camp buckhorn with him and all the “old guys”. Wealth of knowledge and a joy to be around. All our love. Mike and Jennifer Mills



  3. Shaun OGrady on January 1, 2021 at 10:19 am

    So many story’s about Gene, Ice fishing on Higgins Lake one mile out in his army tent. Caught so many Fish a once in a lifetime weekend.



  4. Mike Cunningham on January 1, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Rest in peace Gene.



  5. Juliann Cunningham on January 1, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Gene was one in a million. Always helping someone with something! He and Sue were the best neighbors to my mom, always watching out for her, doing for her and caring for her. He always had a smile and was the best hugger! He will be missed by all who knew him. My guess is there’s a whole lot of outdoor activity going on up in heaven right now, with Gene standing tall and pain free. Prayers, love and hugs to Sue, Kenny, Becky, Kevin and the rest of the family.
    Love you guys,
    Julie



  6. Joe Peiffer on January 1, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Prayers to Genes family. Gene was always my “go to” mechanic when I was stumped…Great guy and will be missed..



  7. Mark and Nora Ryan on January 1, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Our sympathy to your families



  8. Denny & Julie Barker on January 1, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    RIP Gene. GREAT MAN ALWAYS with a helping hand. Love, Hugs and Prayers to the whole Family.
    Denny & Julie Barker



  9. Kacy Datema on January 1, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.



  10. Jean (White) DePue on January 1, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Rest in Peace cousin Gene. I am so sorry for your loss Susan. My prayers are with you.



  11. Jane E Newman on January 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Prayers for the family. Gene was a good man. So sorry to hear this.



  12. Theresa Bradbury Green on January 2, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Very pleasant man and sending prayers



  13. Dolores Keiffer on January 3, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    so sorry Doug and Bec, also to Sue. we will all miss him. he was a great man and friend.



  14. Linda (Stoddard) Wooten on January 5, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    What a sweet man. I know he worked on so many of my parents vehicles, and I know how much they appreciated Gene. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure those memories will be in your hearts for a lifetime, and I hope they bring you joy as He will always be with you! To the family, Love, and Prayers that Gene may Rest in Peace.



  15. Allen Spiece on January 7, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I was so very sad to hear of Gene’s passing. My sincere and deep condolence to you and your family, Sue. Gene was such an all-around good & nice man. As the saying goes, I don’t believe he ever met a stranger, just a friend he hadn’t spoken to yet. The village of Hubbardston will miss its “chief mechanic”. My sympathy and thoughts are with you….



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