Georgetta Giessinger, age 91 of Milbank died November 17, 2016, at St. William’s Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 22 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will officiate and burial will be in the St. Charles Cemetery, Big Stone City.
Visitation will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on Monday beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers will be: Matt Jegela, Ryan Boeckermann, Chad Boeckermann, Luke Chamley, Brandon Johnson, and Paul Giessinger. Honorary bearers will be: Eric Dornbusch, Ian Loehrer, Robert Schultz, and Tanner Schultz.
Georgetta Stella (Van Hout) Giessinger was born March 5, 1925, in Lockwood Township, Roberts County, SD. She was the daughter of Peter and Charlotte (Hinkels) Van Hout. She attended rural school in Lockwood Township and graduated from Big Stone City High School in 1943. Georgetta attended Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen, SD and taught in rural schools for four years in Lockwood and Melrose Townships.
Her marriage to Philip Giessinger was solemnized at St. Charles Catholic Church, Big Stone City, SD on September 27, 1945.
Georgetta was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Charles Catholic Church and she was a faithful member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. She was active with the Gospel in Action Group and was a member of the Pink Ladies of St. Bernard’s Hospital Auxiliary. Gerogetta’s hobbies included baking, playing Bingo, dancing and playing cards.
Left to cherish her memory are three sons: Robert Giessinger of Sioux Falls, SD; Philip Giessinger Jr. of Sioux Falls, SD; Dennis Giessinger of Milbank, SD; seven daughters: Linda (Gerald) Dornbusch, Loretta Chamley, Joyce (Craig) Johnson, Dawn (Richard) Schultz, and Amy (Bert) Loehrer all of Milbank, SD; Teresa (Dick)Boeckermann of Hibbing, MN; Julie Jegela of Moorhead, MN; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; two sisters: Dorothy, Mrs. Hank Prasnicki of Big Stone City, SD and Diane , Mrs. Vince Kvidera of Ortonville, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Peter and Charlotte Van Hout; three sisters: Vi Hansen, Gladys Van Stralen, Marie Giessinger; and one brother Glenn.