Frances Gelo Wilson, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Glenridge Comfort Care Unit in Augusta. Born and raised in Searsmont, the daughter of Clarence and Alice (White) Gelo, she was a 1949 graduate from Appleton High School.

She was first married to Frank Wilson on Sept. 12, 1953. Together they raised two children and later in life they legally adopted two more children. While married to Frank, she was an active member of Kora Karts Women's Auxiliary. She worked for a short period of time as a waitress at the Worster House in Hallowell. Following that she began working for Wadleighs Oil Co. and after 40 years of service, she retired in 2004. She got remarried to Edwin Geschwendt on July 6, 1991, and together they ran a trucking business. In her early years, she enjoyed riding a motorcycle, snowmobiling and camping up in Moosehead. She had a passion for cooking and looked forward to holiday gatherings and summer cookouts with her family.

She is survived by her partner of 27 years, Edwin Geschwendt; brother Bruce Gelo and wife Dawn of Kenduskeag; sister Carol Robbins and husband Jenness of Searsmont; daughter Diane Trueworthy and husband David of Lewiston; daughter Sheila (Taul) Ballantyne and husband David of China; son John Taul of Augusta; granddaughter Andrea Dwelle and husband Chris of Augusta; grandsons Abram Ashby of Winslow, Justin Ashby of Winslow, Ian Ashby and wife Joanna of Hallowell, Shane Wilson and wife Meagan of Clinton, Andrew Ballantyne and wife Kristen of Windsor, Benjamin Ballantyne of China, and Jonathan Ballantyne of China, as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by son David Wilson; two brothers Carl Gelo and Raymond Gelo; sisters Elaine Perkins, Nancy Drinkwater, Phyllis Perkins and Priscilla Place.

Frances' family would like to thank Dr. Dohner, Maine General's Home and Hospice Staff and Glenridge Comfort Care Staff for all the great care and support they provided over the past month.

Per her request there will be no funeral or burial services. Memories and condolences may be shared at There will be a gathering in her remembrance at a later date at Sheila (Taul) Ballantynes' home. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast.