Ruth E. Giesen

June 25, 1950 - April 25, 2020

Ruth E. Giesen, age 69, of New Prague, died peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Mayo Clinc Health System Hospital Mankato.  Ruth was born on June 25, 1950 in New Prague to Arthur and Eleanor (Moriarity) Siemon.  She graduated from New Prague High School and attained her LPN degree from Miller Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked for multiple health care facilities and home health care.  Ruth married the love of her life, Donald J. Giesen on September 27, 1969 at St. John Catholic Church in Union Hill.  Above all, Ruth was a woman of deep faith.  She was involved in her church with the Council of Catholic Women, the church choir, and the quilting group.  She attended daily mass, had a devotion to the rosary, and enjoyed reading all books but especially religious.  She was dedicated to her family and could never get enough time with them.  Her love of cooking always resulted in enough food to feed her family and then some.  She enjoyed family camping trips, card games, and especially watching her grandchildren’s athletic activities and events.  Every member of her family received a quilt, lovingly made by Ruth.  Finally, she had a favorite furry companion, her dog, Abby, who was even able to get in on the Face Time that they were able to have in her final days at the hospital.


Ruth is survived by her loving husband, Don; son, Don (Lisa) Giesen of New Prague; grandchildren, Jessica (John) Hoffman of Mankato, Megan Giesen of New Prague, Amanda Giesen of New Prague, Nick Giesen of New Prague; great-grandson, Landon; sisters, Jeanette (Marv) Peters, Jean (Le Roy) Geiger, Mary Cavanaugh, Dorothy (Gene) Tupy all of New Prague; sister-in-law, Judy Siemon of New Prague.  She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Siemon.


Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. John Catholic Church in Union Hill.  The Mass will be live-streamed on  Burial will be held at St. John Cemetery.

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James D Voita
13 days ago

Found out today. So sorry to hear. Blessings to family. Your cousin, James (Marlene) Voita.

Dave & Nancy Webb
4 months ago

Our deepest sympathy to your family. May your memories bring you peace & comfort.

Jarrod Schoenecker
4 months ago

Sorry for your loss.

Nancy Fierst
4 months ago

Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your family1 We just lost another faithful friend and classmate “Class of 1968”!! Ruth always had a warm smile and greeting when we saw her; a very pleasant lady. May she Rest in Peace! Nancy and Randy Fierst

Jeanette Becker
4 months ago

Donnie and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your sweet and friendly wife, mother and grandmother. You will miss her always, but know she’s singing with the angels and watching over you.

Don & Rosie Hauer
4 months ago

Our sympathy to Don and family. Ruth has fallen asleep in the Lord’s arms, and will wake up to angel’s singing to welcome her.

Charlene Skluzacek
4 months ago

You shared your horseradish plant with me and when we moved off the farm it stayed there. You would come down to our sewing on Tuesday with our Silver Thread Quilters group and have a project for us. God is getting a very nice person in heaven. R. I. P. Ruth Giesen. Light up the sky and soar with the eagles.

Diane Giesen
4 months ago

I enjoyed working for you and Don. Many deep conversations and much laughter. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. Greet my mother, Babe Pumper. Rest in Peace.

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