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Elyse Anne Geldermann-Pesola

Posted By Hitzeman Funeral Home On July 27, 2015 @ 11:08 am In Obituary | 33 Comments

Elyse Anne Geldermann-Pesola, age 56, of Brookfield. Beloved wife of Michael Pesola, Sr.; fond daughter of Thomas A. Geldermann and Joan Geldermann, nee McHugh; loving God mother of Kathryn Geldermann, Michael (Emily) Williams, Hannah Geldermann, Lucy Happ and Bobby Murphy; loving step mother of Jason (Keri) Pesola, Joel Pesola, Michael (April) Pesola, Jr., Jessica Pesola and Nicholas Pesola; dear grandmother of six; dear sister of James J. (Vera) Geldermann, Nancy (David) Williams, Janet (James) Happ, Thomas G. Geldermann, Stephen R. (Carolyn) Geldermann, Katherine (Robert) Murphy and Robert (Dana) Geldermann; dear aunt of twenty four nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday July 29, 2015, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Thursday July 30, 2015, 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral Thursday 9:30 A.M. to St. Mary’s Church, Riverside. Mass 10 A.M. Interment St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Lake Geneva, WI. Information at 708-485-2000 or www.HItzemanFuneral.com

Condolences for the family of “Elyse Anne Geldermann-Pesola”

Condolence from Kelly Moore Cushman on July 27th, 2015 1:02 pm

So sorry to hear. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Gretchen McAlinden on July 27th, 2015 5:04 pm

I love you, Mike. I love Elyse. One of my BFFs before there was such a thing. Prayers for you all.

Condolence from Bill hitt on July 27th, 2015 5:37 pm


I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a great gal. I hope you can enjoy some memories of the good times.


Condolence from Mike and Patti Phillips on July 27th, 2015 5:43 pm

Dear Mike and Family, we are both so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

Condolence from Beverly Crisman Pena on July 27th, 2015 7:11 pm

On no, so sorry to hear. Hard when your classmates start to leave us. May you rest in peace Elyse. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

Condolence from LISA PRIO CURTIS AND FAMILY on July 27th, 2015 10:41 pm

We were deeply saddened by the news of Elyse’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Terry McHugh Walters on July 28th, 2015 6:56 am

My husband, Jon, and I send our prayers and condolences to Elyse’s family. I’m sure that Joan welcomed her into heaven!
May God bless and help you all.

Condolence from Lisa Kellam on July 28th, 2015 8:24 am


There are times when we may not understand the plan of God. And this may be one of those times for you. It is at these times when we must trust what we know. That God is a loving and just God. That He is all knowing and knows what’s best. Our challenge comes in being at peace with His decisions. I pray that the Holy Spirit fills you with His peace that surpasses all understanding. And over time you’ll rest in the memories that He allowed you to make with your sister. God bless and keep you and your family strong. I’ll be praying for you.

Be at peace with God.
Lisa (Kellam)

Condolence from Kathy Tierney Wall on July 28th, 2015 8:43 am

Dear Pesola and Geldermann Families:

I had the privilege of working with Elyse at NFA ~30 years ago. Elyse lit up a room, so funny and smart… unforgettable. I will always remember her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kathy Tierney Wall

Condolence from Ronnie (Rokit) & Kitty Dimitrakopoulos on July 28th, 2015 9:46 am

Mikey, We are so sorry to hear about Elyse’s untimely passing but take comfort knowing that she is now in God’s hands. We will keep Elyse in our hearts by fequently recalling fond memories of all of the fun times and silly things that we all did together. God Bless! Love, Rokit & Kitty

Condolence from Jim Happ on July 28th, 2015 10:01 am

Elyse had the best sense of humor of anyone I have met.

Condolence from Susan Lindner Pedersen on July 28th, 2015 10:09 am

Katie and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in prayer in this time of grief….

Condolence from Linda and Joe Hrach on July 28th, 2015 1:11 pm

Mike, sorry for your family and the Geldermann family loss.
Linda and Joe Hrach

Condolence from Carl LaForest on July 28th, 2015 3:58 pm

Hi, my name is Carl and I am a longtime acquaintance for both Elyse and Mike. We had a lot of great laughs together at Raymes. I’m so so sorry for your loss and pray that Elyse is now in a place where we all will be someday. Until then Elyse. God Speed!

Condolence from Linnea Nielsen Snodgrass on July 28th, 2015 7:05 pm

I am very sorry to hear about Elyse, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Dan & Janet Geldermann on July 28th, 2015 7:07 pm

Mike, Uncle Tom and Cousins,
We’re sorry to hear about Elyse. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
Dan & Janet

Condolence from Club General Motors on July 28th, 2015 8:25 pm

Katie and family:
Sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. Please accept our condolences your friends at Club General Motors.

Condolence from Mary Geldermann Georgopulos on July 29th, 2015 5:50 am

Michael and I offer our sincere condolences to Uncle Tom, Jim, Nancy, Janet, Tom, Steve, Katie and Bob on this sad occasion of Elyse’s passing. We will always remember her quick smile and hearty laugh and her rendition of Mack the Knife at LGCC! She loved life and we can only pray that “Niece Elyse” is dancing with her favorite Uncle John in the arms of the Lord. We are truly sorry we are unable to be with you today and tomorrow to celebrate her life with you all.

Condolence from Denise Bullocks/Oakrdige Glen Oak Cemetery on July 29th, 2015 8:49 am

I am so sorry to hear about Elyse. We worked together for years and she will be truly missed. Sending our prayers to both families.

Condolence from Haciel Cervantes on July 29th, 2015 9:49 am

Mike I am very sorry about your loss… you and your family are in my prayers…

Condolence from Laura Hehr Spencer on July 29th, 2015 12:27 pm

So sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking. Elyse and I spent time at the Lake together in our late teens to mid 20’s. I enjoyed her company and those great chili parties. My greatest sympathies to the entire family.

Condolence from Jerry McCullough on July 29th, 2015 4:07 pm

I am so so sorry to hear about your loss I was a college friend of hers at ASU and continued the friendship for many years after college. Her personality could light up a room she was a great person my thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from julie farese on July 29th, 2015 7:26 pm

On behalf of the Leason Family I would like to offer our condolences. Elyse, the LGCC club member awesome tennis player, awesome triathlete ( we competed together as age groupers in Chicago), i had great admiration for her spirit and her light heartedness and friendliness. I wish she join her mother in heaven, and that her family continues on with good memories of this great young woman.
julie farese

Condolence from Bob Queeney on July 30th, 2015 5:18 am

Mikey & all. We are all stunned and speechless. What a gal. We were all lucky, especially us guys to spend time with such a gem…speechless

Condolence from Janette Maxwell on July 30th, 2015 7:10 am

We at Daddy Maxwell’s In Williams Bay would like to express how sad we feel at such an early departure from Elyse’s earthly life of love, family, and friends.
Know in our hearts we grieve with you at this time.
Janette Maxwell & Staff

Condolence from Rene Rolander on July 30th, 2015 10:37 am

My sincerest condolences. My favorite story of Elyse was her telling me the story of her peanut butter rice crispy treats she manufactured for Niemen Marcus!!!! Classic on the quality control team! She was a great spirit and taken to young. God speed and love to all the family members.

Condolence from Leroy & Norma Palmer on July 30th, 2015 11:53 am

To The Pesola & Geldermann Families, My wife and I send our deepest regrets over the passing of Elyse.

I worked with her at Oakridge Cemetery from her arrival until my departure about nine years ago.

I will always remember how she laughed and made me laugh. May God walk with you through every moment of grief. God Bless.

Condolence from Julie O’Grady on July 30th, 2015 6:07 pm

I just heard the news of Elyse’s passing. I remember working with her back during our college summers at Gage Marine. With her beautiful blond hair and freckles, she was sweet and sunny; and always upbeat and fun. I am so sorry for your loss. She was taken too soon. My condolences to all of the Geldermann family.

Condolence from C Tarpey on July 31st, 2015 12:46 pm

Mike, sorry for your loss. Just return from vacation CHUCK & HARRIET TARPEY

Condolence from Lisa Sapida on July 31st, 2015 7:05 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Elyse. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We had so much fun together in High School. She will be missed by all.

Condolence from Sue Houck Sites on August 3rd, 2015 4:25 pm

To the Geldermann and Pesola families~~~ Elyse’s family. I am so sorry to hear of Elyse’s death. What an empty place this must leave in all your homes and hearts. May God be your comfort and hope as you continue on in life without Elyse’s beautiful and cheerful presence. Sent with much love and a prayer.

Condolence from Tom Uhlich on August 5th, 2015 9:41 pm


Sorry for your loss. Elyse was a great lady… RIP

Condolence from Gail Thorpe on August 13th, 2015 8:34 am

To Mike and the Geldermann family, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Elyse at ASU as we both lived in the Ocotillo dorm. We shared many good laughs, and I will always remember her zest for life.

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