Geri Rei Brien, (Wia Hunska, Tall Woman-Geri's Lakota Indian name), 39, of Bismarck, ND, was called to her heavenly home on the evening of May 1, 2018. She went peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 -7 p.m., Monday, May 7, at Bismarck Funeral Home with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.
Geri was born on July 14, 1978 to James and Ramona (High Elk) Fischer, the youngest of four children. Geri grew up in Bismarck and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1997. Geri went on to further her education by attending United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and earned her associates degree. She then attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Geri met her future husband at the same time while she was attending UND in the spring of 2009.
Upon graduating from UND in the spring of 2010 Geri returned to Bismarck and eventually started working for TTL (Tubular Transport and Logisitcs) a company that works in the energy industry. Geri remained employed with TTL all the way up until she was called home to heaven. I am happy to note here that TTL stood by Geri, her husband Bill and their 3 children when in October of 2014 Geri was diagnosed with stage 4 aggressive breast cancer. Her husband Bill's employer, Bismarck Motor Company, also stood with Geri and Bill after he began working there in November 2014.
On November 19, 2016 Geri and Bill were joined in marriage at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck.
Until the end Geri fought not for her life but because she loved life. Geri loved spending time with family and friends. She brought joy and hope to many not by words but by the way she loved. Her example is a roadmap to true happiness. Geri’s strength came from prayer. She prayed for others most of all. Geri offered to the Lord what she was going through for others. She always thanked the Lord for bringing such wonderful people into her life. Geri made many lasting friendships beyond this life for one simple reason. She loved with all she had.
Geri is survived by her husband, William Brien; her parents, James and Ramona (High Elk) Fischer; sister, Ann Fischer; brothers, Marei (Michelle) Fischer & Don Fischer; her children, Dakotah, Breanna, and Lonnie and two grandchildren on the way. She is also survived by many uncles, aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to everyone who helped Geri during this difficult cancer fight: the Oncology Dept. at Sanford, the Mary's Girl's Bible study group, both Geri and Bill's families & friends, the Sanford hospice team, her employer TTL and for everyone else that brought food, offered prayers and shared their time with her. THANK YOU!
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