BELLEVUE — Thelma D. Gieseman, 89, of Bellevue, died Friday, September 11, 2009, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, at St. John Lutheran Church, Bellevue, officiated by Pastor Paul Gammelin. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Kingery-Lemke Funeral Home and again Tuesday after 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Thelma was born on July 23, 1920, in rural Bellevue, daughter of Alfred and Esther (Schroeder) Michels. She married Kenneth E.Gieseman on September 10, 1940, in St. John Lutheran Church; he passed away on December 12, 2007.

Thelma was a homemaker and enjoyed raising her family and helping her husband on the farm. Her faith and church were extremely important to her. Through the years she also worked at Ensign Coil, Younkers and the Fashion Shop. She was an excellent seamstress and made many of her daughter’s clothes. In Thelma’s early years, she and Kenneth were avid dancers. She also enjoyed her flower garden, watching the Chicago Cubs, volunteering, and cooking. Most important to her was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her three daughters, Connie (Eldon) Merfeld of Zwingle, Doris Greaves of Clinton and Diane (Rich) Norpel of Bellevue; grandchildren, Bryan (Kim) Gaylor, Kim (Jeff) Johnson, Scott Greaves and Troy (Sarah) Norpel; great-grandchildren, Kayley, Brandon, Nathan, Kinsey, Caleb, Alexa, Aurora, and Jayce; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Wilfred and Royal Michels.

The family would like to thank Mill Valley Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer and Dawn for their care and compassion shown to Thelma.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Death date: Sept. 11, 2009

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