Nikki Geragotelis, 30, died unexpectedly on Oct. 10, 2013, at her home in Homer.
Nikki was born at South Peninsula Hospital on May 19, 1983, to Bill and Dorothy Fry.
“She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend,” her family said.
A service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Bear Creek Bottling Plant, 60473 Bear Creek Drive, just up the road from the Bear Creek Winery. All who knew and loved Nikki are welcome.
When Nikki was 4-years-old she had open-heart surgery at Stanford University to repair a hole in her heart. The doctors predicted she would not be able to keep up with the other kids and tire easily. It was immediately clear how mistaken they were. Nikki excelled at any athletic endeavor she took on, from dance to cross country skiing. As she grew older, during soccer games the other team’s parents were always asking who was that girl breaking up all their plays. Nikki competed as an all-star softball player and was twice selected to represent Team Alaska in the Western States Tournament in California.
Nikki graduated from Homer High School in 2001. She then attended Southern Oregon University at Ashland and earned a degree in business. While there she made the roster of the Red Raider fast-pitch softball team as a walk-on.
After college, Nikki married the love of her life, Nate Geragotelis, on July 22, 2006. They promptly bought property and set out to build a large shop to live in while they built their home together. They had the foundation poured and did the rest themselves with the help of their many friends.
Once their beautiful home was complete they welcomed their first child, “a sweet, stinkin’ cute boy” they named Hank. The family was anticipating their second child, a girl they planned to name Rae Marie.
Nikki wielded a keen fashion sense and always knew what looked best, what sounded best and how to put anything together. She always jumped in to help, no matter how busy she was with the two jobs she loved: being Hank’s Mom and working at Dibble Creek. She excelled at both.
“We had a lot to learn from her and we will miss calling on her to ask her how, what, and when do we do the things that come before us. Nikki was unselfish, compassionate, graceful, reliable, grounded and loyal,” her family said.
Nikki is survived by her husband Nate; son Hank; parents Bill and Dorothy Fry; sister Jasmine Maurer; grandparents Don Arseneau and Ruth Fry, all of Homer; and grandfather Fred Fry of Stuart, Fla.
Her grandmothers Dolores Arseneau and Diane Fry preceded her in death.
Those wishing to contribute to the Nikki Geragotelis’ memorial fund can do so at Wells Fargo. Funds will be used to construct a memorial for Nikki and Rae.