Carol J. Gieseke, 93

Carol J. Gieseke, age 93, of New Ulm, died Friday, May 10, 2024, at Woodstone Senior Living in New Ulm.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, New Ulm, with Pastor Nathan Scharf officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow the service.

Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes in New Ulm is assisting her family.

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Carol is survived by her son, Thomas (Ann) Gieseke of New Ulm; daughter, Karen (David) Richter of Montgomery;  grandchildren, Chad Gieseke, Beth (Zijad) Gavranovic, Cory Gieseke, of New Ulm; Kate (Dave) Gaul, and Brad Richter (fiancé, Stephanie Barrett) of Montgomery; great-grandchildren, Jasenko Gavranovic (Hannah Nelson), Tarik Gavranovic, Mya Gaul, and Peyton Gaul; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David; sister, Marie Steinberg; great-granddaughter, Addison Sommers; nephew, Steven Fluegge; an infant nephew;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Carol Jean Steinberg was born on June 7, 1930, in New Ulm to Carl & Martha (Kuck) Steinberg. She graduated from New Ulm High School.  As a youth she worked with her family’s dairy, where she helped to bottle and deliver fresh, Guernsey milk, then worked at Ben Franklin and State Bond and Mortgage. She farmed in Nicollet County raising registered Holsteins until semi-retirement in 1990. She enjoyed work at State Farm Insurance, where she made wonderful and lasting friendships. 

Before her memories and health faded in her later years, Carol loved to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their 4-H dairy and hog shows. She enjoyed baking, gardening, reading, embroidery, and puzzles. She will be remembered for being a wonderful mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  “Grandma Carol” was known for her chocolate chip cookies, the best brownies, and quick, simple, and delicious meals.  Carol also liked to sew. She was meticulous in her mending of jeans, uniforms, and chore clothes for her family members, and no one had a loose or missing button when Carol was around.  For those who knew and loved her, Carol’s passing leaves a hole in their hearts that cannot be mended.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the 4-H Federation, I.R.I.S. (Infants Remembered In Silence), or St. Paul’s Lutheran School, are preferred.


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