On Monday, March 29, 2021, Mariam Avis Gesler, loving daughter of Michael and Danette Gesler, sister of Graydon “Gus” Gesler, passed at age 24.
Mari was born in Barrington, Illinois, on March 21, 1997. She was raised in Grant, Michigan, where she attended high school, was the secretary of the Honors Society, played on the girls’ Varsity soccer team, member of student council, active in Art Club and Latin class, and graduated a year early due to her academic achievements and top 10 of her class. She performed with Lionheart Productions from an early age and was her dad’s go-to assistant for set painting. She attended the Honors College of Michigan State University studying animal sciences.
You can tell a lot about a person’s heart by the way they treat animals, and Mari’s love and compassion made room for anything that creeped, crawled, walked, or flew. Mari had a way of connecting with anyone she met. She would light up a room with her smile and giggle, and just her presence made everyone feel loved. Mari had a great positive attitude, always seeing the roses among the thorns. She will always be her daddy’s Goofy and our little Mari Sunshine.
Mari is missed by her parents, brother, her Grammy and Papa, her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and too many cousins to name.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.