MARY ELAINE (BIRNBAUM) GEIHSLER
December 21,1942 March 23, 2021
Born to walk the trails, explore the quiet forests, climb the noble peaks and follow the babbling brooks wherever they led, Mary Geihsler, 78, left this world on Tuesday March 23, 2021. Her reverent wonder for the staggering beauty she found in every hike was matched only by her gratitude for the time she was given to take them and for the people she got to share them with. Mary Elaine Birnbaum, born December 21, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas, to parents Walter and Cora, grew up in Corpus Christi with brothers Michael and Nelson. There she enjoyed the sandy beaches of Padre Island, graduated W. B. Ray High School and earned an associate's degree from Del Mar college. Visiting Colorado in 1965, she fell in love with the mountains and quickly secured a job and relocated to Denver, where she fell in love with David Geihsler. They married in 1967 after his return from Vietnam and moved to Colorado Springs, where they raised their family and became members of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Mary worked many years at Simpich Character Dolls, and joined a weekly hiking group of women who have remained life-long friends and covered thousands of miles of trails together. Retirement for Mary and Dave was filled with traveling and quiet rest at their cabin in Tarryall. And after Dave passed four years ago she renewed her focus on family, friends and her love of hiking. Mary was known for her enthusiasm for everything; a love of life which spread to everyone around her and enriched our days. Her light touched hundreds and will shine on in all of our hearts. She is survived by her children Bret, Shawn and Greg, son-in-law Michael Lawson, goddaughter Bonnie Simmons, grandchildren Anna, Olivia and Sarina, great-grandson Easton and brother Michael. A celebration of Mary's life and her love of nature will be held outdoors at Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute Street, on Wednesday, April 7th at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Volunteers for outdoor Colorado (VOC.org
), Well Child International (WellChildInternational.org
) or another charity in memory of Mary.