Hope Geisler Rulison

Hope Geisler passed away peacefully on July 1st at home with her husband by her side after a long illness. Hope was born July 23, 1953 in Jamestown, NY.

After graduation from college, Hope attended the University of Pittsburgh receiving her M.A. in Political Science. She then attended Syracuse University, the Maxwell School, advancing her graduate studies. After her graduate work, Hope worked for a number of non-profit organizations, before working in the New York State Senate.

Hope had several accomplishments, including being a classically trained flutist and culinary arts. She trained under Murray Panitz, first flutist for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She graduated later in life from Schenectady Community College with an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management. Her dream was to own and manage a resort in the 1000 Islands in Upstate New York.

Hope had a love for animals, especially her cats and butterflies, music, politics, preserving civil war battlefield sites, and Native American issues, especially the education and safety of the children. She loved to spend her summers at the Thousand Island Park, spending time with friends, boating on the St Lawrence River, and reading.

Respecting Hope’s wishes funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Hope may be made to: APF, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302; and the St Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326.

Guest Book

Leigh Hansen

I am so sorry to hear of Hope's passing. I went to school with her at the Northfield School for Girls. My sincere condolences.

Karen Beshar Zakalik

I met Hope at Northfield Seminary for Girls in 1970, she and her roommate Joan Elgosin lived across the hall from me and my roommate Jane Backus. When I graduated from NMH I followed her to Eisenhower College where Hope introduced me to many of her friends who became my friends as well. We shared many good times together and then became separated by time and circumstance but I have always maintained a special fondness that only could have been forged by our days at Northfield. Rest in peace dear friend.
Paul, Dale and extended family you have my sincerest condolences.

Richard Zakalik

I have many wonderful memories of Hope that began freshman year at Eisenhower College. Although we were distant for many decades her memory always stayed with me. Hope was a kind and caring human being. May her memory be a blessing to Paul and her family and friends.

Olivia Grant

Dear Paul:

I was so saddened to learn of Hope's passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

You may recall that I worked with Hope in the Senate for several years. I will remember her as a youthful, bright, thoughtful woman who was always kind. May you find comfort in the loving memories of so many years together.

With heartfelt condolences.

Nick Owens


I know it has been along time since we were last in touch. I had gone into Facebook to find Hope's page and send a message and that is how I found out about her passing.

I am very sorry - I know how painful losing a partner is, especially when they pass before what we think should be there time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kendall is now 29 and living with her boyfriend - she works as a service adviser at a high-end Mercedes dealership in Maryland. I had the good fortune to meet someone about five years ago and now live with her in Reston, VA - we bought a house together about three years ago. I am still working and will be for another several years.

If you would like to get in touch, I am at 703-298-9972, ndowens54@gmail.com.

I wish there was something I could say or do - I know how much you two cared for each other. Please be well and again, I am really sorry to learn about Hope -

Take care

Nick Owens

Jay Janczak

Dale--sorry to read about Hope's passing, I will always remember your years growing up on West High Street. We had some great fun and memories.

Christopher D. Geisler, Ph.D.

I just heard from Ben this morning of Aunt Hope's passing. Please know that you are in our prayers during this time. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God's blessing be upon you during this difficult time.

Jeanette Claus

Paul, I am very sorry to learn of your loss. The love you and Hope shared was truly something special. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. With my deepest sympathy.

Matthew Rulison

Thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. Wishing all the best. May the dark days quickly turn to light.

Melody York

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Hope. I am praying for your comfort and peace as you grieve.

Lois Mills

So sad. Still remember times at the old Mills Country Store when you would both come in. A tragic loss. Love and prayers to you.

Lee and Kevin Hatton

Hope was a truly lovely lady. Although she had a wide range of talents and accomplishments, she never broadcast these. Hope also had strong ideals and love for her country and was not afraid to comment when she felt that the very foundations and structures which made the USA great were under threat. Her compassion for others, particularly those in less privileged circumstances, was self evident.

She will be sorely missed at Thousand Island Park.

Kate Dickson

I am deeply saddened to hear of Hope's passing. Her smile, loving manner, and sense of humor will be missed. When someone is the air that someone else breathes, that loss seems like all the oxygen is sucked out of the room. It's hard to catch your breath afterward. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Paul and all of Hope's loved ones.

Jim Rulison

"Love doesn't make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worth while. " Elizabeth Browning

My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to Paul for the loss of his love and life long companion, Hope. I didn't know Hope well when she and Paul were first married. But I can tell you how happy she made Paul. His life was full of devotion and love for the woman of his dreams, and it was a two way street. Their love and devotion was the envy of many.

I hope those great memories will continue to bring laughter and smiles to all as we think of Paul and Hope in this difficult time. She added a lot to life in her professional field and in her support of the local community. She will truly be missed.

Paul, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace through Hope's love and devotion for you, the memories of her laughter and smiles, and her contributions to us all.

Katherine C. Loucks

Paul— I am so sorry to learn of Hope’s passing! Larry and I send our most sincere condolences to you at this difficult time!
Please know that you are in our thoughts. Katherine