Margaret E. Giese

            Margaret E. Giese, the eldest daughter of Robert W. and Letha Rief Paden, was born September 3, 1920, at Sumner, Iowa. Margaret’s great grandparents were Chauncey and Agnes Carpenter. Margaret graduated from Sumner High School in 1938. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and began teaching grades one, two and three in Van Meter and Atlantic in 1941. She met Reid C. Giese and they were married at the United Methodist Church in Sumner on February 27, 1943.

            After Reid and Margaret married, Reid was reactivated to serve in the U.S. Army for the duration of World War II. For most of that time, Margaret lived in Sumner with her parents, and twins Judy Ann and Janet Lee were born on September 3, 1944, on Margaret’s own birthday.

After Reid returned from the war in 1945, the couple moved to West Union where Reid took a job as a bank teller. Margaret commuted to Sumner, teaching kindergarten there. Third daughter, Debi Jean, was born May 3, 1956. The family moved back to Sumner in 1961, when Reid became assistant cashier and later president of the First National Bank in Sumner. Margaret and Reid were avid golfers and enjoyed many years of the sport, traveling to many golf courses around the country. They also enjoyed taking the family every summer “up north’ to the Brainerd-Nisswa, Minnesota Lakes area on vacation where many of the family’s treasured stories originated.

            Margaret’s life-long passion was watercolor painting. She produced many paintings which she enjoyed sharing with friends and family. She was an active member of P.E.O. Chapter FH, and the United Methodist Church. The Wednesday Morning Circle met each month at Margaret’s home, which she enjoyed very much.

            Margaret’s death occurred Saturday, May 5, 2012, at her home in Sumner. She was ninety-one years old.

            She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Dwight) Mennenga of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Janet (James) Harvey of Sumner, and Debi (Tom) Oliverius of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren, Leslie Mennenga, Stacy (Jason) Korst, Ryan (Jessica) Mennenga, Mary Katherine (Andrew) Bushey, Ben (Kara) Bowling, Dan Bowling, Robert Paden Bowling, and Brennan Harvey; and nine great grandchildren, Krystina, Bekka, Sydney, Lyndsey, Nathan, Logan, Nicole Paden, Andrew Paden, and Caden Reid.

            Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Reid, who died April 10, 1995; her parents; and two sisters, Roberta in infancy and Donna Staples.

            Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner with Rev. Shirley Hoffmann Will officiating. Interment will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner where there will be a P.E.O. service at 5:00 p.m., and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church or Memories Are Forever, both in Sumner. 


Sue (Frisch) Fellenzer on January 15, 2013 at 4:18 AM said:

Dear Debi and Family: I just saw this posting that your Mom had passed away. Am always sorry to see a classmate has sadness occur. Hopefully many, many happy memories are with your all.
Most Sincerely,
Sue Fellenzer
Bella Vista, AR
Darla Sebring Huck on October 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM said:


I just saw this posting. I send God's blessings to you and your family in this loss.

S. Graves on June 5, 2012 at 5:12 AM said:

May these words recorded at Isaiah 25:8 be of much comfort to you and your family during this time of deep sorrow. "He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken |it|," "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures"
odessa stout on May 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM said:

I was shocked to get your E mail. What was her illness?We also spent several days at the lake with thwm. She was my brides maid in 1942. I talked to her earlier this year . I broke my pelvis in Jan. and spent 3 1/2 months in skilled nursing. We stopped in Sumner on our way home from canada and Mankato . They had a lovely party on their 40th anniversary. Thanks for remembering to E maile. Odessa
Patrica Gohla on May 13, 2012 at 6:16 AM said:

My sympathy to each of you, Judy, Janet, and Deb.I worked with Judy at Adams Elementary School for 9 years...and what fun Judy and I had. She told me stories of her mother and father, and growing up on Sumner.
I remember fondly the summer I went up to Nisswa with Judy for a few days. The Lake Place was so peaceful and full of nature and calm. Your mother took us all out for a pontoon ride. We caught turtles...and fish. The porch was great fun for playing cards.
I loved your mother's watercolor paintings. I, also, watercolor paint,and drew inspiration from your mother.
My sincere sympathy for your loss.
Your family had a great treasured person in their lives.
Sincerely, Pat Gohla Mpls MN
deb snyder on May 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM said:

my thoughts and prayers are with you, it's so hard to say goodbye to someone you love so much, i will see you janet and brennan wednesday, take care.
Pat and Carol Snyder on May 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM said:

We extend our sincere sympathy to all Margaret's family. She was pleased to be able to stay in her own home, and that truly is a blessing. We fondly remember bowling and especially golfing days with her. Our prayers go out to you all.

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