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Linwood mourning loss of elementary school employee

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Mike Vieau is heartbroken about the death of one of his employees - someone he called a friend.

The superintendent of Pinconning schools can't believe Deb Geiersbach, a cafeteria cook at Linwood Elementary school, died unexpectedly over the weekend.

"We were shocked that she passed away so suddenly. Everyone in the district is going through a grieving process. Deb meant a lot to our district, meant a lot to Linwood Elementary and she'll be sadly missed," Vieau said.

The superintendent would not confirm how Geiersbach died. He would only say that a case of bacterial meningitis was confirmed at Linwood Elementary school on last Friday. As a result, the administration has posted a press release from the Bay County Health Department on their website to help keep students and parents safe from the disease.

"They've given us a lot of good information and they've been at our buildings. And they've talked about the meningitis and they've talked about ways to look at it. How can you pass it? And how can you look for symptoms," Vieau said.

Bacterial meningitis can kill you. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion and sometimes a rash. If you have any of these issues, you are urged to seek medical attention right away. As for Geiersbach, this small town is left to mourn the loss of a woman gone too soon.

"It's a pretty close knit community. It's a small school at Linwood. I think she'll be missed and her family is in our thoughts and our prayers," Vieau said.

Linwood Elementary School will be closed Thursday so students and staff may attend Geiersbach's funeral. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns regarding bacterial meningitis, call the Bay County Health Department at 989-895-4009.

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