Mariam Avis Gesler
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.
4/16/2021 07:51:36 pm
This breaks my heart ❤️. Some students just find a permanent place in your heart and Mari was one of those students for me. She gave me the honor of being Walmart Teacher of the Year because of a very special letter she wrote. I am sitting in total disbelief that such a beautiful soul has left us. May her family be surrounded by family and friends during this most difficult time. Loved that little second grader!
4/16/2021 09:59:41 pm
I can’t wrap my head around this. Such a beautiful soul. I have so many great memories with Mari and her family. My deepest condolences Mike, Danette, and Gus.
4/17/2021 11:59:34 am
My heart breaks for such a beautiful young life lost. She was the sweetest person and had such a tender heart. Our family is praying for the Gesler family and our hearts grieve for you all.
4/17/2021 01:47:04 pm
My deepest sympathy goes out to Mike, Danette, and Gus. What a loss! I remember having Mari in my Sunday school class way back when. She had an inquisitive mind and was a delight. May God provide peace for all who are grieving her.
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