Obit: Giese, William M. (1925 – 2014)


Surnames: Giese, Schmidt, Mielke, Syring, Holzhueter, , Erickson, Stremer, Foytek

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 09 Aug 2014

Giese, William M. (24 SEP 1925 – 6 AUG 2014)

William "Bill" M. Giese passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living in Colby. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Peace Lutheran Church, Town of Frankfort. The Rev. Ron Tomlinson will officiate. Interment will be held in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 AM until time of service Monday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

Bill was born on September 24, 1925 to Arthur and Elsie (Schmidt) Giese in the Town of Frankfort. He attended a one room grade school in the Town of Frankfort and graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1944. On August 27, 1949, Bill married Alvina Mielke at Peace Lutheran Church in the Town of Frankfort.

Bill and Alvina were dairy farmers for 32 years in the Town of Frankfort until their son took over the farm in 1982. They continued to raise beef cattle and Bill worked at Meier Sawmill for many years following his retirement from the farm. He was an active and dedicated member of Peace Lutheran Church in the Town of Frankfort his entire life, holding many offices within the church. Bill was a member of Farm Bureau and the Central Wisconsin Steam and Gas Engine Club, where he operated the sawmill with his good friend, Ike Martyn, for many years. Bill enjoyed reading and working in the woods, but his favorite past time was woodworking. He built his home that they are living in now and also made numerous wood crafts for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Alvina; a daughter, Ellen (David) Syring and son Russell (Barbara) Giese, both of Edgar; six grandchildren: Jason Syring, Joshua (Hunna) Syring, Jeremiah Syring, Tina (Larry) Holzhueter, Julie Giese and Wayne (Samantha) Giese; five great-grandchildren: Tyler and Trevor Holzhueter, Brock and Emma Syring and Justin Giese; his siblings: Lorinda Erickson, Sandra (Roger) Stremer, Etola Foytek and Meldon Giese.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Noreen Giese, Sister-in-law, Pat Giese, brothers-in-law, Albert Mielke and Bob Erickson.

Family and friends may express condolences online at

Bill's family would like to extend a special and sincere thank you to Hospice and the staff at Pine Ridge Assisted Living Center for their tremendous support, dedication and attention to Bill's care over the past several months.



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