Lydia Alicia Geerlof – August 22, 2022

Lydia Alicia Geerlof (nee Neaher), 79, born and raised in Hoboken, NJ, passed away surrounded by her children on August 22, 2022 in New York City.

Beloved by her family and friends, Lydia is remembered for her warmth, creativity, generosity of spirit, love of animals, and sense of adventure. Ever the optimist, Lydia Geerlof always found a way to make the impossible possible. She always put her children first and wanted them to see the best in all things and to always live life to the fullest. 

Lydia was a graduate of Demarest High School in Hoboken, N.J. Class of 1961. She worked in personnel for Maxwell House Coffee in Hoboken, N.J. for over 30 years and loved her colleagues and time there. 

Lydia is survived by her son Raymond Geerlof & husband Michael Tulys of Belleville, NJ, daughter Mary Geerlof & husband Daniel De Benedictis of New York, New York, and sister Setzu Curci of Hoboken, NJ. Lydia is predeceased by her parents Harold & Evelyn Marsh Neaher of Hoboken, NJ.

Lydia’s love for her children was expressed in many ways and is reflected in the following song:

I Hope You Dance
By: Tia SillersMark Sanders

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance…


Visitation for Lydia will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Lawton Turso Funeral Home at 633 Washington Street, Hoboken (Corner of Washington and Seventh Streets, parking on Seventh). A Prayer Service will be offered on Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Fairview Mausoleum.

Lawton-Turso Funeral Home

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