Interment will take place at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.
Ruth passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.
Ruth Alene Giese, the daughter of LeRoy Martin and Pauline Augusta (Timmerman) Dobricka, was born Aug. 24, 1927 in Sutherland. Her childhood years were spent in Sutherland, Iowa, where she received her education graduating from Sutherland High School in 1945.
In 1945, she was married to Bill Gillespie, who passed away during World War II.
On Dec. 14, 1947, she married John Giese in Sutherland. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm near Sutherland, where Ruth worked as a housewife and farmhand until 1968, when she began work at Lundell Manufacturing in Cherokee. In 1972, she began work at Wilson & Co., where she retired as purchasing agent in 1998. Ruth served on the Sutherland City Council for many years, and belonged to many clubs and organizations in the area her entire life. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Sutherland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; a brother, Orlow; a sister, Marjorie; and a grandson, Barry.
Ruth is survived by her seven children: Janice Means of Schereville, Ind., Alan Giese and wife, Barb of River Falls, Wis., Nancy Riedemann of Spencer, Bob Giese and wife, Lori of Paullina, Jeri James of Denver, Colo., Gayle Giese of Sutherland, and Lynne Finley of Round Rock, Texas; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Warner Funeral Home of Sutherland.