Georgiana M. (Oleksiuk) Pierce

May 6, 1926 ~ January 8, 2022 (age 95)


Georgiana M. Oleksiuk Pierce, a lifelong parishioner of John Hus Presbyterian Church, peacefully ended nearly a century of love, compassion and caring for others on Jan. 8. She was 95. Born in Johnson City to Slovak and Ukrainian workers in Endicott Johnson factories, she didn’t speak English until learning it in kindergarten. As a girl, she and her sister frequently played guitar and sang folk songs at John Hus and other local churches. She was the first in her family to attend college, graduating cum laude from Cortland State Teachers College in 1949. There, she met her husband of 57 years, Frederic M. Pierce, with whom she is now reunited. Georgiana taught fifth and sixth grade at Harry L. Johnson Elementary School from 1949 until 1961, when she left teaching to focus on her children.  For half a century, 1950 through 2000, she also taught Americanization classes to recent immigrants, helping untold numbers of new American residents learn English and feel welcome in their adopted country.  In 1977, Georgiana became director of the Tiny Star Nursery School in Vestal, part of the Triple Cities’ Stars gymnastics club founded by her husband. She helped nurture young children in this role for three decades, retiring in 1997. Georgiana taught Sunday School at the church and was a member of the choir with her daughter Teresa Flynn, and Teresa’s children, Eric and Leah. She is survived by her two children, Teresa, of Vestal, and Frederic J. Pierce of Syracuse; three grandchildren in addition to Eric and Leach, Robert, Elizabeth and Joseph, children of Frederic and Donna Bornhurst Pierce; eight great-grandchildren and many friends and neighbors, including Teresa’s partner, William Casey. Georgiana loved people and animals, welcomed everyone and acted with kindness towards all. Her last words were “I love you.”  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 7 2022 at 11:30 am at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc. 428 Main Street Johnson City. The family will receive friends on Saturday at 11:00am until the time of the service.

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Memorial Service
May 7, 2020

11:30 AM
Barber Memorial Home (Johnson City)

April 16, 2022

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Barber Memorial Home (Johnson City)

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