By The Mercury

Dr Winnifred Johnson Geissler, 92, died on August 3, 2011, in Lindsborg.  She was interred in the family burial plot at the Amherst pioneer cemetery in Luray.  She wished to have no funeral and burial was attended by close family only.

The family provided some of the following information.

Winnifred achieved many intellectual and musical accolades throughout her life. She received a scholarship in piano to Bethany College which began her educational career. After undergraduate college she taught music in several Kansas school districts.  During that time she acquired a master’s degree in English literature from Kansas State University. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree she continued her educational achievements while teaching English literature at Kansas State University.  She took her sabbatical and studied for her first doctorate in English literature at Colorado University.  She returned to Kansas State University and earned another doctorate in English literature as well as becoming a professor there for the remainder of her career.

Throughout Winnifred’s life she was honored and participated in various professional and academic societies and organizations.  She wrote extensively and presented scholarly papers for various professional associations. She received awards and recognitions for her research in English literature from Phi Delta Gamma, American Association of University Women, Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado Language Arts Society, Mortarboard Honorary, Sigma Alpha Iota as well as her sorority affiliation with Sigma Alpha Omega. 

Winnifred was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pearl Johnson of Luray; her sister, Beatrice Gross of Hays; her brother, Eldon Johnson of Luray; her first husband, Morris Pederson of Dwight; and her second husband, Vernon Geissler of Hillsboro.  She is survived by her daughter Christina Pederson.

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