Vivian Elaine (Geiselman) Planker, 82, of Walkersville, Maryland passed from this life on Thursday, March 2, 2023 with loved ones by her side under the compassionate care of the Kline Hospice House in Mount Airy, Maryland.
Born September 16, 1940, in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, Vivian, also affectionately known as Bib or Bibbie, was the daughter of the late Harry Patterson Geiselman and Alma Romaine (Garvick) Geiselman. Vivian, a loving mother and adored Oma is survived by her daughter, Kristin Grover (Mark Grover), her son David (Mickey) Planker Jr. (Rachel Planker), grandsons Myles, Michael, Colton, Mason, and Easton, and her sister, Barbara Lawver. Vivian is predeceased by her husband of over 50 years, David Michael Planker, Sr.
After graduating from Biglerville High School Vivian completed her cosmetology degree and opened her own beauty shop, the Pixie Beauty Lounge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania before starting a family. She moved from Biglerville, Pennsylvania to Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter where the family grew to include her son. Soon after, Vivian and her husband settled in New Fairfield, Connecticut to raise their family.
Vivian was a hard worker who was always ready and willing to learn a new skill or job to meet the needs of her family. She worked as a hair dresser, bank teller, bookkeeper, and make-up consultant before retiring as a central sterile supply technician from Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. Known for her meticulous approach, her compassionate determination, and kind personality, she achieved a level of success worthy of recognition which inspires those blessed enough to know her.
In retirement, she and her husband enjoyed many years in Summerfield, Florida where Vivian continued to share her gifts. She knit baby blankets, booties, and hats which she donated to various charities serving families in need. In addition to enjoying the many amenities of the community she so deserved after her many years of hard work, she dominated the pickleball courts of Del Webb and earned a Gold medal in doubles for the community Olympics.
Widowed, Vivian moved back closer to her roots as a resident of Walkersville, Maryland where she spent nearly a decade enjoying her grandsons, Myles and Michael. She especially enjoyed a front row seat to cheer them on in their sporting events and activities and never passed up an opportunity to spoil all of her grandsons as they were the light of her life. In keeping with her desire for high achievement, and her commitment to community, it is not surprising that success followed her as she took 1st place for her Scandinavian weave blanket in the Frederick County Fair. In addition to crafting, she also enjoyed her time in various card playing groups and knitting circles. Vivian’s ability to make friends wherever she went and her undeterred love for her family will be missed immensely.
Per Vivian’s request, no formal services will take place. Should friends desire, contributions may be shared with the Kline Hospice House , 7000 Kimmel Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771 or the Walkersville Rescue Company, 73 West Frederick Street, P.O. Box 202, Walkersville, MD 21793.