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-Dorothy Marie Gieselman-

Dorothy Marie Gieselman, age 89, of Wapello, died Thursday afternoon, April 24, 2008, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center. The daughter of Clarence and Esther Viola Miller Breuer, she was born March 28, 1919, at Spring Grove, Iowa. She married Howard H. Gieselman on November 4, 1939, at Burlington. He preceded her in death on January 1, 2004.

Dorothy graduated from Burlington High School in 1937. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the UMW, and Martha Circle of Wapello. She had served as a District Officer for the UMW. She was also a member of the Oakland Social Club and the Farm Bureau Women. She had been a 4-H Leader.

Dorothy enjoyed sewing, gardening, church activities, and all the hustle and bustle of the farm.

Her family includes two sons, Harold and Kay Gieselman of Oelwein and Wayne Gieselman and Emily Piper of Des Moines; two daughters, Janet and Mike McChesney of Fairview, Texas, and Ruth Hassett of Oakville; twelve grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred and Henry Miller of Wever; and a brother, Edward Breuer of Burlington. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; and a son, Dale.

The funeral ceremony for Dorothy Gieselman was held at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 28, 2008, at the United Methodist Church at Wapello with Rev. Scott Smith and Rev. Harlan Winter officiating. Family and friends stayed at the church for a luncheon and fellowship before proceeding to the Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery for burial.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the United Methodist Church Building Fund and the Great River Hospice.

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