Funeral services for Lorraine B. Gieseke, 87, St. James, Minn., will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church-South Branch. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.
Lorraine died on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Oaklawn Health Care Center, Mankato, Minn. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman from 5-7 p.m. and one hour before the services in the church.
Lorraine Bertha Thomforde was born on March 4, 1927, in rural Goodhue, Minn., to Henry W. and Anna Louise (Dahling) Thomforde. She graduated from the School of Agriculture-U of M in 1944. On August 21, 1953, Lorraine was united in marriage to Robert Gieseke at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Belvedere, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with 7 wonderful children. Lorraine was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church-South Branch where she was involved in many areas of the church. She served as a 4-H Leader, quilting for the Orphan Grain Train, Jersey Cattle Club, Lutheran Laymen's League and many other civic organizations over the years.
Lorraine is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Robert Gieseke, St. James, Minn.; 7 children, Art (Ellen) Gieseke, Litchfield, Minn., Ann (Doug) Jones, Lake Crystal, Minn., Eric (Dawn) Gieseke, Woodstock, Vt., Sarah (Al) Garcia St. James, Minn., Wayne (Val) Gieseke, Barron, Wis., Peter (Amy) Gieseke, St. James, Minn., and Amy (Bryan) Quiram, Le Center, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Norma Thomforde; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ilice in infancy, and Marjorie (Norman) Juers; brothers, Harvey (Phyllis) Thomforde, Dellas Thomforde, and Wayne (Gwen) Thomforde; son-in-law, Douglas Jones; nephew, David Juers; and niece, Joyce Schmidt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to the Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Orphan Grain Train.