Melissa Eckert-Geiger was born in Lynnwood, California on July 8, 1965. Parents Karl Eckert and Cheryl Krueger recall how from a young age, she was always setting the tone, making the rules and living life on her terms. Those who knew her know it is impossible to have known her without remembering her fiery personality and quick-witted humor. Melissa was undoubtedly a free spirit. She was who she was, and she always did things her own way. Many of us admire that about her because she was fearless.
Since she was baptized in the Ponca Creek in Verdel, NE, the primary way she expressed her Christian faith was by serving others who shared her struggles. She served as a counselor at Fresh Start for people who were battling addiction and dedicated the better part of a decade chairing meetings and sponsoring for Alcoholics Anonymous. Passionate about her interest in medicine, she earned several degrees in the medical field during her career. Among her many roles in healthcare, she was an EMT, LPN, CNA, MA and volunteered with the Red Cross.
She loved her family fiercely and her 5 children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She married her husband, Brad Geiger in 2010. With him she was content going to watch Salt Dog games, movies, have family cookouts and going camping. She and Brad relished going to Sturgis, or wherever the road took them, just as long as they were together. Always the adventurer, she was equally at home on the back of a horse or a Harley and spent phases of her life dedicated to riding one or the other.
She was an avid reader. Melissa spent much of her free time reading, with her favorite author being Stephen King. She was glued to every episode of Forensic Files and Judge Judy, and spent spring and summer months gardening at her home in Lincoln with her faithful dogs at her side.
A traveler at heart, she was at home driving coast to coast with her dad as part of the family dog business. Her CB handle was, “Beetlejuice” and as such she easily made friends of strangers over the airways of the open road. Her personality was sociable and bold and she could talk to anyone about anything. We all loved this about her. If you wanted to know what she thought or asked her for advice, she’d gladly give you her two cents. We’ll sure miss you, Melissa. Until we meet again, “Beetlejuice”, catch ya on the flip side.
Melissa is survived by husband Bradley Geiger, children Francisco Diaz
Jr., Michael Diaz, Anthony Eckert, Ajay Bertschinger, Amber Bertschinger and
grandchildren Caitlin Eckert, Elijah Bertschinger, Josiah Welch, Francisco Diaz
the third, Sebastian Diaz, and Andes Diaz.
Parents Karl W. Eckert (Diane) and Cheryl E. Krueger, and sisters Karla
E. Smith and Cindy Nyberg (Tracy) as well as several nieces and nephews.
was preceded in death by grandparents Joseph H Snowden and Rhoda Phillips
Snowden, Gladys B. Snowden, Arthur William Eckert and Nellie Minez Eckert,
great grandmother Belle D. Wood and great Aunt Mildred S. Brown.
Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel, 245t N. 27th Street, Lincoln, NE.