Lisa I. Gebo, 52
Pacific Grove, Calif. – Lisa I. Gebo, 52, born Feb. 19, 1958, in Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home Monday June 14, 2010, with her loved ones close at hand. She had struggled with breast cancer since her initial diagnosis of Stage IV disease in 2006.
She worked for 15 years as an acquisitions editor with the former Thomson Publishing Higher Education Division, and then finished her career in professional publishing with John Wiley and Sons in 2008. She was very grateful to her friends and colleagues at Wiley for the wonderful experience of working with them and for their many kindnesses to her after she became ill.
After her diagnosis, Lisa worked as a volunteer with the Hospice of the Central Coast (part of CHOMP) and then served on the board of BCAG (the Breast Cancer Assistance Group of the Monterey Peninsula). She was deeply appreciative for both of those profound experiences that helped not only others, but that helped her, too, as she came to terms with her own illness.
Lisa leaves her family and friends with deep gratitude for all the people who supported and loved her during her experience of breast cancer. The medical doctors and staff at MBOG (Monterey Bay Oncology), CHOMP, UCSF and Stanford were compassionate and competent. Friends and family were constant in their loving support and outreach. Her book group friends provided invaluable help with pet-sitting and ongoing support. Joy Smith, her cancer support group and its members provided camaraderie and comfort.
She was preceded in death by her father, Norman E. Gebo. She is survived by her mother, Irene Gebo, her loving husband and best friend, Clair J. Cheer; her stepchildren, Colin Cheer and April Castoldi, and their families; her brother, Jan D. Gebo, and his family.
Lisa will be remembered for her love of nature, especially the hills and paths of Big Sur, and for her lifetime eff ort to find connections between people, ideas and experience.
A life celebration will be held at a time and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Lisa asked that any contributions be made to the Breast Cancer Assistance Group of the Monterey Peninsula, P.O. Box 221582, Carmel, CA 93922.
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