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Byrdie Geckle

Saturday February 13, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 am

St. Mary Catholic Church


Byrdie, departed her loving family on Saturday, February 6, 2021 joining her daughter Sandra Capezio in heaven who preceded her in June of 2018.  

Byrdie was born in Danville, VA on May 20th, 1949 to Olen Mabe and Opal Mabe Cockerham
Byrdie was mother to Sandra Capezio, Victoria Grossman, mother in law to Patrick Grossman, grandmother to Emily Grossman and Sister to Robert Mabe and wife Glenna, Judy Berryman and husband Ron, JD Mabe, Buck Mabe and Mary Young. 

Her hobbies included a love of shopping, good movies and spending time with friends and family. She was even known to dance a time or two at the VFW with friends. She loved flowers especially yellow roses.  She collected anything with a dragon fly on it, as they were also a favorite of hers.  She loved to go on "adventures" as she would call them with her granddaughter Emily and her daughter Vicki.  She would pick up and go shopping, to the movies, antiquing or to yard sales spontaneously with them.  She loved their "adventures" together.  She could always be seen with her friend Norma Jean out and about or shopping. 

She is survived by her daughter Victoria Grossman and granddaughter, Emily Grossman.   Aside from the granddaughter she adored, Byrdie is survived by her beloved siblings, Robert Mabe, Buck Mabe and Judy Berryman. 

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, February, 12, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 224 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, with Rev. Father Ernest Cibelli officiating.

A memorial gathering will be held at Douglas Fiery Funeral Home on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm. Byrdie requested happy colors and pictures at her services. She wanted to be surrounded with happiness, joyful memories and flowers at her memorial.

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Guest Book

As I sit here and read the obituary about Byrdie it just amazes me how for 18 years she was married to my father David Geckle and not one time is his name mentioned in her obituary. That just breaks my heart.

Nikki Seals

Sorry for you loss with the passing of your mother. Although one struggle has been laid to rest, the memories of her life experiences will be her lasting legacy to you and your family. Rejoice in the life that has been shared. Much love respect to you all.

Jamie H Dingle
Greencastle , Pennsylvania

Our sincere condolences to Byrdie's family. She and my Mom, Nancy, were friends at Francis Murphy Apts. Even though Mom has passed, we still kept in touch by phone calls and Christmas cards. We was a wonderful and sweet person. We will miss her.

Troy and Robin Cline
Falling Waters, WV

Aunt Byrdie wasn't my aunt by blood...but my sister Robin's aunt. Yet as a young girl when our families would get together she always made me feel like she was my aunt. Victoria and I were very close in age and were pretty close for a few years. Not sure what happened or why the family stopped getting together, but I have thought about them so much over the years. So sad to hear the news about Byrdie. I hope that she and her nephew, my brother Jeff meet up in heaven. My condolences to the family.

Michele Markley
Suffolk, Virginia

Vicki and Emily, You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Joan Gilbert

Joan Gilbert
Hagerstown , Maryland

I will always remember Aunt Byrdie’s beautiful smile and sweet spirit! She was always quick to give me a hug and reassure me that everything was going to be ok!! She will be missed but never forgotten! Until we meet again! Love and prayers for the family in the days ahead!

Lynn &Dariel Russell
Jonesville , NC

I have so many fond memories of my childhood with Aunt Byrdie. I loved going to her house and spending the weekend and being with my cousin’s Sandy and Victoria. I am still in shock over this and can’t wrap my head around the fact that she is gone. You are in a better place no more suffering and with your sweet Sandy. I love you and I will truly miss you. Your Niece Robin ❤️

Robin Mabe Duckworth
Joppa, MD

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