Valentine B. Gieske
Valentine B. Gieske, age 89, of Melrose, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Marvin Enneking presiding. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose
Valentine Bernard Gieske was born Feb. 14, 1928, in Melrose to Joseph and Kate (Althaus) Gieske. On May 1, 1956, he was united in marriage to Louise Mary Tiemann in Melrose. The couple farmed north of Melrose until retiring in 1997. Val enjoyed playing cards, bowling, shaking dice, listening to KASM Radio each day, dancing whenever he could, watching his cows and spending time with his family and grandkids. Even after retirement, Val would continue to take an interest in the family farm.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Bernard’s Council, and Catholic United Financial.
Survivors include: children, Randy (Lynn) Gieske of Sauk Centre, Donny Gieske (Lelia Ramthun) of Sauk Centre, Ronny (Kristi) Gieske of Sauk Centre, Debbie Gieske of Melrose, and Robert (Cheri) Gieske of Melrose; 11 grandchildren, Becky Gieske, Tim (Holly) Gieske, Andrew Gieske, Beth (Josh)
Pelzer, Jenny Gieske, Brady Gieske, Taylor Gieske, Cassidy Gieske, Miranda Gieske, Shaylin Gieske and Lydia Gieske and three great-grandchildren Jaden and Hailey Oswskey and Bentley Gieske.
Val was preceded in death by his wife, Louise M. Gieske on Oct. 8, 2009; his daughter and son, Judy Gieske and William Gieske; parents, Joe and Kate Gieske; and two brothers-in-law, Dick Nathe and Joe Goerdt.
Serving as casket bearers were Randy, Donny, Ron, Robert, Tim and Andrew Gieske. Cross bearer was Becky Gieske and scripture bearer was Jenny Gieske. Honorary bearers
Hinnenkamp, Melvin Hinnenkamp, Richard Hinnenkamp, Larry Hinnenkamp, Tony Niehaus, Butch
Niehaus, Eddie Bussman, Mike
Stevens, and Ron
Pelzer was lector.
Taylor, Shaylin and Lydia Gieske were communion gift bearers while Miranda and Cassidy Gieske were Mass servers.
The Gieske family thanks you for your kindness during this time. No thank you notes will be mailed.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.