March 21, 2023 at 4:56 p.m.
Debra A. “Debbie” Gieske, 53, of Melrose, passed away surrounded by her family and nursing home family March 17, 2023, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The Mass will be live streamed and can be viewed on the YouTube channel Church of St. Mary Melrose. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-10:45 a.m., March 23, at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m., March 22.
Debra Ann Gieske was born Nov. 1, 1969, in Melrose, to Valentine and Louise (Tiemann) Gieske. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1988. She lived and helped on the family farm north of Melrose for many years. She moved to Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose where she was a resident for the last 16 years. She became family to those that work there and will be greatly missed. Debbie enjoyed playing cards, watching the Twins in person and on TV, driving around and shopping.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Catholic United Financial.
Survivors include her brothers, Randy (Lynn) Gieske of Sauk Centre, Ron (Kristi) Gieske of Sauk Centre, and Bob (Cheri) Gieske of Melrose; 11 nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.
Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine and Louise Gieske; infant brother Billy Gieske; sister Judy Gieske; and brother Donnie Gieske.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.