Geraldine "Gerri" Sielicki, who owned a northern Baltimore County beauty salon and was an early recipient of a stem-cell transplant, died of stroke complications Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Baldwin resident was 60.
Born Geraldine Schlosser in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, she was a 1966 graduate of the Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where she studied cosmetology.
From 1968 to 1977, she was co-owner of the Fontenblu Salon of Beauty on Harford Road in Parkville.
In 1989 she purchased the Hair Stop in the Manor Shopping Center in Phoenix. She owned and operated the business until retiring in 2003.
"She had an amazing personality," said her daughter, Amy Larkin of Oliver Beach. "She loved life and overcame so many of the battles she faced."
She resided in the Glen Elyn section of Baldwin and was active its annual picnic and Christmas party.
Family members said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988.
In 1994, she was the first stem cell transplant patient treated at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
"She had Stage 4 breast cancer when I first saw her in the early 1990s," said Dr. Gary I. Cohen, director of the Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC. "She was a walking miracle and got to enjoy many years with her family."
Mrs. Sielicki enjoyed hosting holiday parties and gatherings. She spent time at Ocean City and traveled to Aruba.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike in Hydes, where she was a member.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 39 years, Adam P. Sielicki Jr., a risk management consultant; a son, Adam P. Sielicki III of Middle River; her father, Frank Schlosser Jr. of Elkton; a brother, Frank Schlosser III of Fallston; a sister, Melva Hall of Elkton; and three grandchildren.