Mercy Sister Mary Christina Geis died peacefully April 13 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung.
Sister Christina, who once taught at St. Elizabeth School, Bernardsville, was born in Woodbridge. She was the daughter of the late Hugo and Catherine Geis. She claimed that her vocation was nurtured through a personal awareness of God in her life and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1935.
She is survived by her dearly-loved sister, Mercy Sister Mary Geis, also of Watchung; her brothers William Geis of Point Pleasant, and Joseph Geis (Elizabeth), of Carteret; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews; and Sisters of Mercy in the Mid-Atlantic Community.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Georgian Court College, now University, Lakewood; and a master’s degree in fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her postgraduate study includes course work at the New York-Phoenix School of Design at the Pratt Institute and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Sister Christina also taught at the primary level at Immaculate Conception School, Camden, then spent 49 years teaching at Georgian Court College. Over the years, she produced an extensive range of art that included murals, portraits, fine lettering, oils and watercolors. For 30 years, she provided visiting artists and students the opportunity to display their work in the gallery of the art department and because of this, the gallery was named in her honor.
Sister Christina was known for her magnificent watercolors, her dedicated work in bringing about the restoration and upkeep of the National Historic Landmark Campus of Georgian Court. She also wrote a detailed book, Georgian Court: An Estate of the Gilded Age, which depicts the rich art and social history of the George Jay Gould Estate.
She served on many committees, including the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Lakewood Heritage Commission and the Editorial Board for a new history of Ocean County.
In 2001, she was awarded the title of professor emeritus by Georgian Court.
Retiring to McAuley Hall, she continued to enjoy many visitors and was always happy to point out some of her exquisite art work that graces the halls.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 16 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center.
Burial was in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield.