01/20/2018 - Geraldine American Horse-Lanz
Funeral services for Geraldine American Horse-Lanz, age 70, will be at 7:00 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Batesland School Gym in Batesland, SD with Catechist Ben Feather Earring officiating. Traditional Lakota services will be provided by Rickey Grey Grass.
Cremation will follow the funeral services.
Visitation services will be from 1:00-10:00 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Batesland School Gym in Batesland, SD.
Gee passed away on January 14, 2018 in Gordon, NE. She was born on February 24, 1947 at home in Denby, SD where her father delivered her with her sisters looking on with amazement.
When Gee reached school age, she was taken to Holy Rosary Mission (RedCloudSchool) and was dropped off like the rest of her sisters at the age of 6. They all stayed at the school with the nuns during Thanksgiving and Easter. They got to come home at Christmas time. Gee ran away from school in her 10th year and never went back.
Throughout her adult life, she learned to work in nursing homes as an aide, which is currently called a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She loved taking care of people. Gee met and married Melvin Forster of Gordon, NE and lived in Gordon until they moved to the Tulsa / Broken Arrow, OK area. To this union, three children were born, Cheryl, Earl, and Alice.
Gee moved back to the Gordon area after her divorce from Melvin. She worked in the area nursing homes and other medical positions. While residing in Gordon, Gee met and married Spencer Lanz.
Gee and her brother, Hoksila, bragged on being the same age for a month, and they called each other “My Twin.” Gee lived a very colorful and carefree life; she loved to joke around and laugh. Gee had a big heart and always had a smile on her face.
After Gee’s best friend Butch passed away, she opened her home to those who had nowhere to go. Some stayed with her to be near a job and paid a little rent; others went to her home to have a good time. Some were nice and some were not; she always worried about the next person.
The life Gee knew and loved came to an end when she got sick and was put on dialysis. She lived with her daughter Cheryl, and Cheryl took care of her 24 / 7. She would call and say, “I want to go home; I have a house,” and her children would tell her, “I know. When you get stronger and the weather gets warmer.” Gee looked forward to that promise. Gee will always be lovingly known as “Grandma Gee.”
Gee is survived by daughters Cheryl (Michael) Calitri of Gordon, NE and Alice Jo (JR.) Schultz of Gothenburg, NE; son Earl Forster of Gordon, NE; sisters Josephine Richards of Denby, SD and Alice (Tuffy) Sierra of Pine Ridge, SD; brothers Donald (Maxine) American Horse Sr. of Rushville, NE, Eugene (Barbara) American Horse Jr. of Gordon, NE, and George American Horse of Oakdale, LA; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Gee was preceded in death by parents Eugene and Dorothy (Bluebird) American Horse; brothers Delbert Wayne American Horse, Burgess Bianas, and Bryan Blue Bird; daughter-in-law Mica Forster; and significant other William “Butch” Hanneman.
Gee’s family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts for all the help that was given and donations of food to give her the thank you and send off she deserves.
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Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD is in charge of arrangements for Geraldine American Horse-Lanz.
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