Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                    Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach



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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.



Giele: see Geile; one grave identified by Suchland's study of cemetery.

  (Suchland’s listing only, no dates or name; old section, one grave in A-01-51. In 1908 there was a clerk, John Geile, who was employed by Kriegler-Page Mercantile Company.  In 1910 he was employed with this company as a salesman. The Odessa census for 1910 shows a family of John Gile, with wife Katie and four young children. John was 34 at that time, born in Germany. In 1912 John Geile is shown again as a clerk for Kriegler-Page. By 1917 John Geile is listed in a local directory as a laborer. No further data was obtain on John or his family.)   


Gies, Alma, d/o Conrad  (d. 2-06-37; b. 1919; TS; OC; obit; Strates; Cong) “Alma Gies. Age: 17 yrs 3 mos 9 days. Dated: Feb 10, 1937. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational ledger) “Alma Gies. Residence: near Odessa, WA. Death: Feb 6, 1937 at Deaconess Hospital. Age: 17 years. school girl. Father: Conrad Gies, born Russia.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “Alma Gies, 17, member of the Odessa high school senior class, died at a Spokane hospital this week from a rare malady that defied every effort of doctors. Repeated blood transfusions were attempted in an effort to stop the trouble. Ill with chicken pox, she failed to regain strength, her blood breaking down. She was taken to Spokane where doctors worked for two weeks in an effort to check the disease.  Funeral services were held from the St Matthew Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev J. H. Wacker officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. One of the largest funeral crowds gathered, including high school classmates. AS a student Miss Gies was popular. In basketball she was among the star players, outstanding for her strength and activity. A good student, she would have been among the graduates at the coming commencement.  Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Gies, at the home; six sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kramer of Spokane; Mrs. Ernest Marshall of Bridgeport, WA; Mrs. Elmer Batterman of Wenatchee; Mrs. Fred Miller and Misses Dorothy and Martha Gies, all of Odessa; and two brothers, Henry and Clarence Edward, both at home.  Pallbearers were selected from classmates and included Alvin Iltz, Dave Wacker, Sam Weber, Walter Scheller, Arthur Schauerman and Roland Schafer.” (Odessa Record: 2-11-1937)

Gies, Anna K.,  w/o Conrad  (d. 1972; b. 1880; TS; OC; obit) “Anna Katherina Gies, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Derr, was born on Sept 21, 1880 in Walter, Russia. She passed away at the rest home in Odessa on Dec 24, 1972 at the age of 92. Mrs Gies and her husband, Conrad, were married in Russia on Jan 20, 1901. The couple had ten children. They moved from Russia to Walla Walla, Washington in 1913, and to a farm southwest of Odessa in 1919. They lived there until they retired to Odessa in 1942. Mr. Gies died in April of 1959. Two daughters, Alma and Elizabeth, and son George, also preceded her in death.  Mrs. Gies was a faithful member of the Congregational Church, a member of the Ladies Aid and the UCC since 1945. Survivors include her daughters, Madaline Marchel of Ellensburg, Katherine Miller of Davenport; Charlotte Batterman of Wenatchee; Dorothy Case of Spokane; and Martha Womach of Spokane. Also surviving are two sons, Henry C. Gies of Odessa and Clarence F. Gies of Spokane; 17 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held in her honor on Thursday, Dec 28, 1972 from the United Church with Rev B. M. Schafer officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 28 Dec 1972)

Gies, Anna M.,  w/o Geo  (d. 1952; b. 1868; TS; OC)

Gies, Conrad,  h/o Anna K.  (d. 1959; b. 1880; TS; OC)

Gies, DeLora D.,  (added)  “DeLora D Gies, Age 98.—Passed away in Spokane, WA, on June 23, 2009. She was born in Odessa, WA on March 31, 1911 to pioneers Christian and Toney (Reiman) Weber. She attended Odessa Schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1928. Following her graduation from WSU in 1932, she taught at Odessa and Centralia High Schools where she was the debate coach. In October of 1944, she was married to Henry C. Gies of Odessa, WA. The couple engaged in farming southwest of Odessa. In 1975 they moved to Odessa, WA and in 1997 to Spokane, WA. She was a member of Heritage Church of Odessa and was active in school and in her community. She was a 70+ year member of the Order of Eastern Star. Her survivors include two sons, Michael Gies of Seattle, Patrick (Patricia) Gies of Odessa, WA, two daughters, Marge Franks and Rita Fuller of Spokane, WA; two grandsons, Eric (Molly) Franks of Seattle, Mark (Jessica) Gies of Issaquah, WA; three granddaughters, Staci (Chris) Bewick of Spokane, WA, Lesley (Jason) Friedt of Benicia, CA, and Nicole (Carl Quirico of Spokane, WA; six great grandchildren: Jackson, Joshua, Cody, Julia, Jacob, Casey and Lillian as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, son-in-law Ronald Fuller, one brother and five sisters. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman-Review: 6-30-2009)

Gies, Dorothy Mae (Hopp),  (added) “Dorothy Mae Gies, a lifetime resident of Odessa, died May 18, 2005 in Odessa. She was 92 years old. Dorothy was born on Nov 8, 1912, in Odessa to John and Mary (Weber) Hopp Jr.  She grew up in Odessa and attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1930.  She married George Gies on Dec 15, 1935, in Odessa. They farmed south of Odessa for many years.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Odessa Grange and a founding member of the Odessa Hospital Guild.  She is survived by her son, James Gies, of Liverpool, NY; Gary William (and Brenda Horak); one sister, Loretta Miller, of Spokane; two sisters-in-law, Katherine Gies, of Odessa, and Joanne Gies, of Salem, OR; one brother-in-law, R. L. Tanck, of Odessa, and 10 nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Hopp Jr.; husband, George Gies, in 2000, and two sisters, Leona Luiten and Helen Borgens.  Funeral services were held Monday, May 23 at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-26-2005; picture in original)

*Gies, Elizabeth Uhrich Yuckert,  (for TS see Elizabeth Yuckert, 1st spouse)  “Mrs. Henry Gies died at her home in Odessa Wednesday morning, March 23, at the age of 80. She had suffered a mild stroke, with pneumonia following but a few weeks ago. Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev Werner J. Fritz officiating.  Elizabeth Uhrich was born Feb 20, 1886. She married Peter Yuckert on June 26, 1904. He passed away Jan 23, 1932.  On Sept 28, 1942, Elizabeth married Henry Gies who died approximately 12 years later, on March 22, 1954. The deceased is survived by Emanuel and Carl Yuckert of Odessa; Fred Yuckert, Bremerton; and Mrs. Margaret Davie, Tacoma. Step-children surviving are George and Harold Gies, Odessa; Mrs. Marie Kuest, Dryden; Mrs .Josie Lesser, Ford, WA; and Mrs. Dorothy Tanck, Odessa; also 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A son, Reinhold Yuckert, and two step-sons, Loren and Sol Gies, preceded her in death.”

Gies, George,  h/o Anna M  (d. 1955; b. 1867; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held from the UCC on Tuesday afternoon for George Gies, Sr, Wheeler area pioneer. The Rev A. Hausauer officiated and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Born in Russia, May 16, 1866, Mr. Gies grew to manhood and was married to Anna Marie Rohn. In 1899 the family migrated to the United States, living five years at Spokane, and then homesteading near Wheeler. In 1942 Mr. and Mrs. Gies retired to Odessa, and she died in 1952. His health failed and he was placed in a hospital, where he died April 23. Survivors include two sons, Jacob, Tacoma; and Henry, Moses Lake; 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; one brother, Conrad Gies, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 4-28-1955)

Gies, George H.,   (d. 4-09-2000; b. 12-12-1912; TS; OC; obit) “George H. Gies, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. He was 87 years old. Mr. Gies was born Dec 12, 1912, the son of Henry and Katherine (Woitt) Gies, in Odessa. He attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High school with the Class of 1930.  He married Dorothy M Hopp on Dec 15, 1935. They farmed in the Odessa area and the Columbia Basin, retiring in 1990.  He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, the Wash. Assoc. of Wheat Growers, Odessa Camera Club and a sustaining member of the Odessa Hospital Auxiliary. He was a 50 year member of Odessa Grange #931, a former member of the Spokane Retriever Club former commissioner of Lincoln County Hospital Dist #1, and a licensed American Kennel Club field trial judge. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; son James G Gies, of Old Forge, NY; G. William Horak and wife Brenda; brothers-in-law Oscar Kuest, of Wenatchee, and R. L. Tanck of Odessa; sisters-in-law Kay Gies, of Odessa; Joanne Gies, of Salem, OR; and Loretta Miller of Spokane, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Solomon, Harold and Lauron; and four sisters: Marie Kuest, Josephine Lesser, Dorothy Tanke and Lois Mae Gies. Funeral services will be held April 13, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. The Rev Robert Edwards will officiate. Burial will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-13-2000)

Gies, Harold Samuel,   (d. 12-12-1987; b. 1-01-1918; TS; OC; obit)  “Harold Samuel Gies of Odessa, born here Jan 1, 1918 to Henry and Katherine (Woitt) Gies, passed away Dec 12.  He was educated in the Odessa school system and was a lifelong member of the community, spending his entire life farming southwest of Odessa.  He was baptized and confirmed in Christ Lutheran Church, where he was an active lifelong member.  Mr. Gies was united in marriage in 1939 to Katie Schmauder, who survives, as do the children born to this union:  Robert Gies of Kirkland, Richard Gies of Benton City, Randy Gies of Odessa, Marlene Brendell of Odessa, and Susan Jensen, of Seattle.  He is also survived by a brother, George Gies of Odessa; by two sisters, Marie Kuest of Dryden and Dorothy Tanck of Odessa; and by 8 grandchildren.  Memorial service was held Dec 15 from Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery, Strate Funeral Home in charge. Active pallbearers were Steven Fink, Neil Fink, Jon Fink, Alan Voise, Jeff Schibel and Clark Kagele. Honorary bearers included Joe Jantz, Jerry Wacker, Donald Schibel, Alvin Fink, Harold Hoefel, Richard Voise, Lewis Kagele, Marvin Fink, Ivan Walter and Kenneth Melcher.” (Odessa Record: 12-24-1987)

Gies, Henry (Hank),  (added) (d. 10-25-2007)  “Hank Gies, formerly of Odessa, died Oct 25, 2007 in Spokane.  He was born on April 26, 1913, in Walla Walla to Conrad and Anna (Derr) Gies. He attended the Batum country school after his parents bought farmland in the area and moved there from Walla Walla. He married DeLora Weber in 1944, and they had four children, all of whom attended Odessa High School. He is survived by his wife DeLora Gies of Spokane; two sons, Michael Gies of Seattle, WA, and Patrick (and Patricia) Gies of Odessa; two daughters, Marjorie Franks and Rita (and Ron) Fuller, all of Spokane; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Gies of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven sisters, Alma, Elizabeth, Madeline, Martha, Katherine, Charlotte and Dorothy and one brother, George. He was a member of the Heritage Church.  Family graveside services will be held at the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (Odessa Record: 11-01-2007)

Gies, Henry,  h/o Katherine  (d. 3-22-1954; b. 10-02-1878; TS; OC; LL) “Henry Gies. Born: Oct 2, 1878, at Walter, Russia. Died: March 22, 1954, at Odessa, WA. Buried: March 26, 1954, at Odessa, WA. Cause of Death: Blood Clot. Age: 75 yrs 5 mos 20 days. Mourned by his widow; 3 sons, Solomon, George and Harold; 3 daughters, Josephine Lesser, Marie Kuest and Dorothy Tanck; 4 step sons, Emmanuel, Karl, Fred, and Reinhold Yuckert; 1 step-daughter, Margaret Yuckert; 15 grandchildren; 1 brother, George Gies, of Burnaby, BC.  Text: Rom. 5:1, 2. E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)  “Henry Gies, 75, a 53-year resident of Washington, will be buried from the Christ Lutheran Church at 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon, Pastor E. R. Pflueger officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge. Mr. Gies died Tuesday at the Memorial Hospital after five days of care there. Mr. Gies was born in Russia, Oct 2, 1878, and came to America in 1901. He settled at Walla Walla for one year, then homesteaded south of Marlin. He was married to Miss Katherine Woitt in 1905. He farmed until 1916, when he retired and moved to Odessa. In 1929 he moved back to the farm, having transferred his property holdings from the homestead to a ranch southwest of town. Mrs. Gies died in 1940 and he moved to town again. In 1942 he married Mrs. Elizabeth Yuckert, who survives. Other survivors include three sons, Solomon, George and Harold, Odessa; three daughters, Josephine Lesser, Ford; Marie Kuest, Dryden; and Dorothy Tanck, Odessa; four step sons, Emanuel and Carl Yuckert, Odessa; Fred Yuckert, Bremerton; and Reinhold Yuckert, Tacoma; a step-daughter, Margaret Yuckert, Tacoma; 15 grandchildren; one brother, George Gies, Burnaby, BC.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1954) “Funeral services for Henry Gies, 75, a pioneer resident of the area, were held from the Christ Lutheran Church on Friday afternoon. Pastor E. R. Pflueger officiated, and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Special music was furnished by a quartet including Curtis Finck, Ralph Heimbigner, Clarence Schmidt and William Schillinger, accompanied by Mrs. Leo Stout.  Pallbearers included George Gettman, George Grening, John Hopp, George Schafer, David Zier, Gottlieb Spies, Nath Lobe and John Laib. Born in Russia, Oct 2, 1878, Mr Gies came to America in 1899. After a year at Walla Walla, he took up a homestead south of Marlin. He soon transferred to the Odessa area and in 1905 married Miss Katherine Woitt, farming until 1916 when he retire to town. In 1929 he returned to the ranch until 1940, when Mrs. Gies died and he returned to town. In 1942 he married Mrs. Elizabeth Yuckert. Other survivors include...” (Odessa Record: 4-01-1954)

Gies, Katherine Woitt,   (d. 2-28-40; b. 11-04-1885; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Katherine Gies nee Woitt, born Nov 4, 1885 in Russia, baptized in her infancy and confirmed. In 1891/7 she came to America. In 1905 she married Henry Gies. Gave birth to 9 children. For two years she was ailing and for 8 weeks she was sick in bed. Died Feb 28, 1940 at 5 a.m. Was buried from Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, on Sunday, March 3rd. G. F. Busch, Ev. Luth. P.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Katherine Gies. Residence: 9 miles SW of Odessa, WA on farm. Death: Feb 28, 1940, 5:05 a.m., at home. Informant: Henry Gies, of Odessa. By whom called: Glen and Henry. Birth: Nov 4, 1885, Russia. Female, white, married, housewife. Last worked: Jan 1938. Time spent in occupation: Since 1905. Husband: Henry Gies. Length of Residence where death occurred: 11 yrs. Previous residence in Odessa. In US: since 1891. Father: Wendel Wott, born Russia; Mother: Katherine Hill, born Russia. Leaves: husband, Henry Gies; 4 sons: Solvin Gies, George Gies, Harold Gies, and Lauron Gies, all of Odessa; 3 daughters: Mrs. Oscar Kuest, Dryden, WA, Mrs. Reinhold Lesser, Marlin, WA, Miss Dorthy Gies, Odessa, WA. one brother: Jake Woitt; 3 grandchildren.”  (Mortuary Ledger)

Gies, Lauron Wentel,    (d. 12-21-1953; b. 4-24-1923; TS; OC; LL) “Lauron Wentel Gies. Born: April 24, 1923 at Odessa, WA. Died Dec 21, 1953, at Chicago, IL. Buried: Dec 26, 1953 at Odessa, WA. Cause of Death: Heart Stroke. Age: 30 yrs 7 mos 27 days. Mourned by his widow and son Howard; father and step-mother, 3 brothers: Solomon, George and Harold, 3 sisters, Mrs. Marie Kuest, Mrs Josephine Lesser and Mrs. Dorothy Tanck; 4 step-brothers, Emmanuel, Karl, Fred, and Reinhold, 1 step-sister, Margaret Yuckert. Text: Ps. 39:4-5; 35: 9. E R Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Gies, Lois Mae, d/o H. & K.  (d. 5-30-31; b. 2-20-30; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Lois Mae Gies born 20 Feb 1930 in Odessa, WA, daughter of Henry Gies and Frau Catherine nee Woitt, died 30 May 1931, Lutheran funeral on June 1. Age 1 yr 3 mos 10 days. H. P. Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Lois Mae Gies. Death: May 30, 1931, 3:15 a.m., 8 miles southwest of Odessa; baby. Informant: Henry Gies. Birth: Feb 20, 1930, Odessa, WA; aged: 1 yr 3 mos 9 days. Father: Henry Gies, born Russia; Mother: Kathrine Woitt, born Russia. Residence in city: 1 yr 3 mos 9 days. Physician: Dr L. M. Thompson. Interment: Odessa Cemetery, person in charge: H. H. Strate. Relatives: Mother and Father, 4 brothers, 3 sisters. Physical: Light hair, blue eyes; 35 inches, 25 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Gies, Soloman Frederick,  (added; obit) “Solomon Frederick Gies, 54, owner-operator of the Suds & Sun Motel at Soap Lake, died Monday at McKay Memorial hospital there. Services are to be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Christ Lutheran church in Odessa, where he was a member. Pastor Werner J Fritz will officiate. Burial will be in Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Gies was a native of Odessa, having been born here Feb 10, 1909. He received his schooling here and engaged in farming for several years. He went to Soap Lake four years ago.  Survivors include his wife, Meimi K. Gies, at the family home; one son, Robert Mikkila of Redwood City, CA; two brothers, George Gies and Harold Gies, both of Odessa; three sisters, Mrs. Robert Tanck of Odessa; Mrs. Josephine Lesser of Ford and Mrs. Marie Kuest of Dryden; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Gies of Odessa, four step-brothers and one step-sister.” (Odessa Record: 6-27-1963; Solomon is shown in Suchland’s listing in grave B-03-24.) 

Giese, Adie D.,   (d. 1957; b. 1913; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held from the English Congregational Church on Monday afternoon for Adolph (Adie) Giese, 44.  The Rev William House of the Zion and Emmanuel Lutheran churches officiated with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.  Pallbearers were Rudolph Schimke, James E Scrupps, Merle Janke and Winston Weber, Odessa; Everett Eggers, Spokane, and Irvin Oertel, Davenport.  Mr. Giese, who had suffered from a heart ailment, was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane on Feb 26, following an attack. He had seemed to be responding to treatment. Born, Jan 29, 1913, in the Ruff area, he moved to Odessa with his parents while still in school. In high school he was an outstanding athlete. In recent years he had followed the grain business at Davenport and Spokane, before returning to Odessa to continue the same work. On July 24, 1934, he married Miss Anna Schell, also a resident of the Ruff area.  Survivors include his wife, Anna, at the home; two sons, Merlin, at Fort Ord, CA; and Dwayne, at home; two daughters, Patsy Wahl, Ralston, WA; and Vicki Giese, at home; 3 brothers, August Giese, Odessa; Henry Giese, Spokane; and John Giese, Davenport; 4 sisters, Mrs. Emma Janke, Davenport; Mrs. Ida Mills, Odessa; Mrs. Pauline Garrett, Warm Springs, MT; and Mrs. Elsie Chess, Longview, WA.” (Odessa Record: 3-28-1957)

Giese, Adolph R.,  h/o Edna  (d. 1965; b. 1899; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services will be held for Adolph R. Giese, today, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the English Congregational church, with the Rev Hausauer officiating. Interment will be in the Odessa Cemetery. Music will be furnished by Al Scheibner and Mrs. George Gies with Mrs. R. E. Suchland as organist.  Pallbearers are Otto Schoonover, Edwin Lobe, Henry Melcher, Fred Horst, Albert Wilskie and Bob Johnson. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge.  Adolph R Giese was born Aug 13, 1899 at Labsick, ND to William and Sophia Giese, moving to the Batum area as a young boy. Adolph married Edna Schnell in Ritzville on Oct 31, 1922 and farmed in the Lauer area most of his life. The Giese family moved to a farm near Spokane in 1958 where he was engaged in farming until his death on Monday, April 12, at his home.  Survivors include his wife, Edna, and son, Lavon, at the home; three brothers, Oscar and Otto Giese, both of Wenatchee, and Gottlieb Giese of Spokane; and four sisters, Mrs. Alma Spurling, Mrs. Olga Schoonover, Odessa, Mrs. Hulda Ingram, Seattle, and Mrs. Freida Rogers of Kenneydale, WA.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1965)

Giese, Alfred,  h/o Florence  (d. 12-01-1992; b. 2-14-1914; TS; OC; obit) “Alfred Giese.—Passed away Dec 1, 1992 in Odessa, WA. His home, Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Florence (Ramm) Giese, at the home; three brothers, Ted Giese, Odessa; Clarence Giese, Colorado; Clifford Giese, Moses Lake, WA; 5 sisters, Lorena Oster, Moses Lake, WA; Lydia Morris, Selah, WA; Dortha Catlow, Ephrata, WA; Marie DeWitt, Eugene, OR; Ruth Law of California; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by one son, Dennis in 1949, and one brother and one sister. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, charter member of the Odessa Grange. Funeral Services Monday, Dec 7, 1992 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa; Pastor Scott Jurgens officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook obit) “Born Feb 14, 1914 in Odessa” (from Funeral Program) “...He was born on Feb 14, 1914, the son of August and Magdalena Jeske Giese. He grew up in the Ruff area.” (excerpt Odessa Record: 12-10-1992)

Giese, Anna Joan Schmauder,   “A graveside service for Anna Joan Giese will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Giese died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in Puyallup, WA. She was born June 21, 1911, at Wheeler, the daughter of Fred and Katherine Schmauder.  Anna left grade school to keep house for her brothers, who were attending high school in Odessa. She married Ted Giese on Oct 1, 1934. They farmed southwest of Odessa until 1954, when their house burned. They moved to Odessa and farmed from there until they sold the farm in 1970.  Ted died May 14, 1993, and Anna moved to the Odessa Convalescent Center and then to an assisted living home in Puyallup in 1994.  Anna is survived by her son Kenneth Giese and his wife Carol, of Edgewood, WA; two granddaughters, Sherry Roland and her husband Greg, and Marci Berry and her husband Wade; 6 grandchildren, Gary, Carol and Emily Roland, and Christian, Justine and Nicholas Berry, and two sisters, Kay Gies of Odessa, and Lydia Knecht, of Warden.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Katherine Schmauder, and brothers Bob, Fred, Edward and John Schmauder. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated at the graveside service. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-April 24, 2003)  

Giese, August h/o Magdalena  (d. 1962; b. 1885; TS; OC; Cong) “August Giese; 77 yrs; Death: Jan 24, 1962; Burial: Odessa” (English Congregational Ledger-original script) “Funeral services for August Giese, pioneer rancher of the southwest area, were held from the English Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev John A. Birchard officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Born in Bessarabia, South Russia, Dec 28, 1885, Mr. Giese came to America with his parents at the age of five. The family first settled in Hebron, North Dakota, before coming to Washington and settling on a ranch two miles south of Batum. Several years later his father, Samuel Giese, bought the homestead rights on the present August Giese ranch.  August Giese married Magdalena Jeske, daughter of Jacob Jeske of Odessa, on Jan 28, 1910. After living on several ranches in the Odessa and Ruff area they moved to the home ranch. In addition to farming, Mr. Giese ran a threshing machine and crew which worked around the area for many years. Following the threshing mach era he continued farming until 1945 when he moved to town. He remained active on the farm until a few years ago when a heart ailment curtailed his activities. Death came from a heart attack. Mr. Giese had been a member of the Odessa Grange for 25 years. He was an active member of the English Congregational church for many years.  He is survived by his wife, Magdelena, at the home; five sons, Theodore, Alfred and Clifford Giese, all of Odessa; Edward Giese, Seattle; and Clarence Giese, Los Angeles; five daughters, Mrs. Lorena Oster, Marlin; Mrs. Lydia Morris, Spokane; Mrs. Dorothy Catlow, Ephrata; Mrs. Marie DeWitt, New York; Mrs. Ruth Law, Spokane; 16 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two brothers, John Giese, Davenport; and Henry Giese, Spokane; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Mills, Odessa; Mrs. Emma Janke, Davenport; Mrs. Pauline Garrett, Spokane; Mrs. Elsie Chess, Longview.” (Odessa Record:  Jan 25, 1962)

Giese, Daniel,  h/o Minnie  (d. 1-22-44; b. 3-13-1895; TS; OC; Strates) “Dan Giese. Residence: Odessa, WA. Husband of Minnie. Birth: March 13, 1895, North Dakota. Death: Jan 22, 1944, at home, Odessa, WA. Age: 48 yrs 10 mos 9 days.  Male, married, white, farmer. Father: Sam Giese, born Russia; Mother: Katherine Henzel, born Russia. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis. Dr L. J. Bonney, physician. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Eng. Cong. Church, Rev M. J. Galle, 2 p.m. Interment: 1-26-1944.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Daniel Giese, 48, died at his ranch home at 5:30 on Saturday evening, after a two-day illness. Plans were being made to remove him to a Spokane hospital when death came. Mr. Giese had combined wheat and cattle raising, building up a herd of purebred Shorthorn cattle, taking a leading part in sponsoring 4-H beef club activities and with community civic bodies.  Mr. Giese was born in North Dakota, March 13, 1895, and came to this area with his family, living for a time at Ruff, and for the past 18 years near Odessa. Funeral services were held from the English Congregational church, of which he was a member, on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev M. J Galle officiating, burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were neighbors, including Jos Pavliska, W. P. Smith, Frank Groh, Clement Groh, S. F. Praetorius and Carl Praetorius. Survivors include his widow, Minnie; three sons, Dannie and Laurence, in the armed services, and Manford, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Carl Walters, Odessa, and Marilu, at home; six brothers, Rudolph H, Odessa; John, with the Navy in Florida; Adie, Davenport; Henry, Connell; August, Ruff; and Christ, Lind; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Janke, Rocklyn; Mrs Pauline Garrett, Richmond, CA; Mrs. Elsie Chess, Longview; and Mrs. Ida Mills, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1944)

Giese, Danne,   (twin)  (d. 1955; b. 1955; TS; OC; Cong) “Giese, twin daughter of Hanford; age: one day; May 23, 1955.” (English Congregation Ledger- not original script; shown in E-01-04 by Suchland.)

Giese, Danny M.,  (WW II)  (d. 8-19-1973; b. 6-16-1915; TS; OC; shown in Suchland in E-01-54.)  

Giese, Denis Dean,  s/o Alfred  (d. 10-26-1949 only; b. 1949; TS; OC; LL) “Infant Giese. Born: Oct 26, 1949, at Ritzville, WA. Died: Oct 26, 1949 at Ritzville, WA. Buried: Oct 28, 1949, at Odessa, WA (private service). Cause of death: stillborn, due to strangulation in birth. Mourned by parents: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Giese. Text: Isa. 55:8-9. E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger; grave shown in Suchland in E-04-06.)

Giese, Diane,  (twin)  (d. 1955; b. 1955; TS; OC; Suchland’s listing shows the grave in E-01-04A)

Giese, Edna, w/o Adolph R.  (d. 1986; b. 1904; TS; OC)  

Giese, Edward,  (d. 1963; b. 1912; TS; OC; obit) “Ed Giese, 50, son of Mrs. August Giese of Odessa, died Saturday morning in Seattle. His body was brought to Odessa for burial. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the English Congregational church, with the Rev John A. Birchard officiating. Tapes of favorite hymns were played. Burial was in the family plot in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Bearers were Paul Lightbody, Dick Kagele, Danny Giese, Adolph Ramm, Cecil Schell and Harvey Schell.  Born at Lind, he grew up on a ranch near Ruff. Ed Giese worked at general labor in the Spokane and Seattle areas in recent years, coming here for harvest seasons for many years. During recent months he had been confined to a Seattle hospital over a long period.  Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Magdalena Giese; four brothers, Ed, Alfred and Clifford, Odessa, and Clarence, in CA; 5 sisters, Mrs. Lorraine Oster, Marlin; Mrs. Lydia Morris, Spokane; Mrs. Dorothy Catlow, Ephrata; Mrs. Marie DeWitt, Sanborn, NY; and Mrs .Ruth Law, Odessa; several nieces and nephews.” (Odessa  Record: 6-06-1963)

Giese, Ella Marie Smith, w/o G.  (d. 6-19-1945; b. 1-26-1920; TS; OC; Strates) “Ella Marie Giese. Residence: Stratford, WA. Death: 6-19-1945, highway, rural, Stratford, WA.  Birth: Jan 26, 1920, Odessa, WA. Female, white, married, housewife. Wife of Gottlieb. Maiden name; Ella Smith. Father: William P. Smith, born Odessa, WA; Mother: Jerlinski, born NJ. Cause of death: car accident. Physician: Dr Ward of Ephrata. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: English Congregational Church, Friday 2 p.m. Rev M. J. Galle. Interment: 6-22-1945.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Mrs. Ella Marie Giese, 25, was almost instantly killed on Tuesday morning when she drove her car directly in front of an east bound bus, on the highway near Stratford, where she and her husband had moved their family a short time before. Her husband, Gottlieb B Giese, had been ill for several days, during which a brother of hers, James, had been handling his work at the Middleton orchards. On Tuesday morning she had taken the brother to work and was returning to her home, which required crossing the highway.  Apparently not noticing the bus, she drove directly into its path. The bus driver, L. O. Peck, of Spokane, was reported to have attempted to miss her, but the 15 ton bus struck her car broadside, hurtling it for a long distance, while the bus went down over an eight foot embankment and came to stop in a plowed field. The accident occurred about a quarter of a mile from the family home, where her husband and their three small children were awaiting her return. Hearing the crash Mr. Giese hurried to the scene and assisted in removing the body of his wife.  Grant County officials were called and removed the body to Ephrata, from where it was shipped to Odessa for funeral services, planned for Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the English Congregational church, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mrs. Giese, the former Miss Ella Smith, was born near Odessa on Jan 26, 1920, and was married June 6, 1940 at Davenport to Gottlieb Giese. Three small children survive, William Floyd, Maita Ann and Linda Lee. Other survivors include the husband; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Smith, Odessa; and five brothers, Wilfred and Lawrence with the armed services; Francis, Walla Walla; James and Benny of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 6-21-1945) “The Wilson Creek Grange had charge of the cemetery services and furnished pall bearers, including Tom Middleton, Jack Timm, Ted Ackermann, A I Pfeifer, Andrew Kappel and William Kreiter...” (excerpt of Odessa Record: 6-28-1945)

Giese, Florence M.,  w/o Alfred  (d. 4-26-1993; b. 5-15-1920; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Florence Ramm Giese were held Monday, May 3, at Christ Lutheran Church. Mrs. Giese died Monday, Apr 26, 1993 in Odessa. She was 72 years old. She was born May 15, 1920 in Odessa, the daughter of Mary and Gottlieb Ramm, and grew up on a farm south of Odessa. She was graduated from Odessa High School and later received a nursing degree. She married Alfred Giese on Feb 25, 1945. They lived on his farm until 1953 and then lived at various other locations while Alfred was employed at other farms. In 1971, they bought a home in Odessa. While living in Odessa, Florence was employed by various people and organizations. She also was custodian for Christ Lutheran Church for several years. She served on the Lincoln County Election Board. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, having been baptized and confirmed there. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Albert, John, Elmer, Harold and Vernie; one sister, Martha, and a ____ Dennise Dean, who died in 1945. Her husband Alfred died in December of last year. She is survived by her brothers, Emil Ramm and LeRoy Ramm, and one sister, Elsie Delzer, and numerous nieces and nephews. Rev Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Graveside services and interment were at Odessa Cemetery. Casket bearers were Reid Schafer, Jay Libsack, Keith Schafer, Steven Fink, Merle Janke and Jon Fink.” (scrapbook obit)

Giese, Gottlieb ‘Pete’,  (added)  “Gottlieb Giese.—Passed away on June 23, 1993 in Spokane. Survived by his wife, Marjorie Giese, Spokane; son, William Giese, Dallas TX; daughters and sons-in-law, Maita and Bud Davey, Spokane; Donna and Terry Williams, Deer Park; daughter, Linda Giese, Loon Lake; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Hulda Ingram, Seattle; Frieda Rodgers, Odessa.  Preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. A resident of the Spokane area for 35 years. A 30-year member of Plumber and Steam Fitters Local #44 and Past President of Eagles Lodge Aerie #2. Member of Spokane Rifle Club.  Memorial services will be on Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at 2 p.m. at Gothic Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane” (Spokesman Review-undated; Suchland’s listing shows Gottlieb in A-09-39, with no dates)

Giese, C(K)atherine (Hingel)  (d. 4-15-1926; b. 12-16-1870; w/o Sam; TS; OC; DC) “Catherine Giese. Female, white, widow, housewife.  Birth: Dec 16, 1870, Russia; aged 55 yrs 8 mos 16 dy. Father: Hingel born Russia; Mother: Neuman, born Russia. Informant: Henry Giese, residing Odessa, WA. Death: 4-15-1926, Dist #6, Odessa, Lincoln County, WA. Cause: apoplexy. C. M. Phillips, MD, coroner, of Almira. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, 4-16-1926. J. E. Turner, Undertaker, of Harrington.” (WA State Register of Death)
 “The death of Mrs. Katherine Giese, age 55, who passed away Tuesday morning of heart failure, came as a shock to the entire community. Very few people knew that she had been ailing and she had not been confined to her bed except at intervals since Sunday.  Mrs. Giese was born in South Russia, where 33 years ago she was married to Samuel Giese. Soon after they emigrated to this country and settled near Bismark, ND, where they lived until 1902 when they came to Odessa and settled on a homestead 18 miles southwest of town. In 1917 they retired from the farm and moved to town where a year later Mr. Giese died. She is survived by an invalid mother and 10 children, Mrs. Fred Janke of Ruff, and Christ Daniel, Ida, Henry, Rudolph, Pauline, John, Adolph and Elsie, all of whom reside at Odessa or the southwest country.  Funeral services were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church today, the Rev A. C. Delabarre officiating and her remains will be laid to rest beside those of her husband in the Odessa country.” (Odessa Record: 4-16-1926)

Giese Lavon N.,   (d. 1999; b. 1922; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Lavon Norman Giese, 76, formerly of Odessa, were held Tuesday, June 29, at Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, with Pastor Terry Cummings officiating. Burial followed at Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Giese died Tuesday, June 24, 1999, in Cheney. He was born Sept 5, 1922, in Odessa, the son of Adolph and Edna (Schell) Giese. He was graduated from Odessa High School in 1943. He moved to Medical Lake in 1948 and he farmed near there until he retired in 1981. He continued to live in Medical Lake until 1986, when he moved to Cheney, staying with his adopted family, Michael and Clare Smith and their children, Ethan, Sabrina, Lanie and Damian, until his death.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with the Smith family.” (Odessa Record: 7-01-1999)

Giese, Leontina,   (d. 1959; b. 1883; TS; OC; E-06-31 per Suchland’s listings)

Giese, Magdalena Jeske,   (d. 1975; b. 1891; TS; OC; obit)  “Service for Magdelena Giese was held from the English Congregational Church on Tuesday, July 15, at an 11 o’clock service. Rev Albert Hausauer officiated at the service; Florence Stout was organist. Donna Schafer, soloist, sang ‘Does Jesus Care’ and ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again.’  Mrs. Giese was a daughter of the late Jacob and Dorothea Jeske (nee Kinder). She was born in Bessarabia, South Russia on Sept 6, 1891, coming to the United States with her parents when a small girl. She was united in marriage to August Giese in Odessa on Jan 28, 1910. He preceded her in death on Jan 19, 1962, as did a son, Edward, and a daughter, Martha. They farmed in Lind, Odessa and the Moody areas until their retiring in the spring of 1945. Mrs. Giese spent almost 12 years in a convalescent home. She passed away at the Crestview Convalescent home at Moses Lake on July 11, (1975) at the age of 83.  She is survived by four sons: Theodore and Alfred Giese of Odessa; Clifford Giese, Moses Lake; Clarence Giese, Huntsville, Alabama; 5 daughters: Mrs. Loraine Oster, Moses Lake; Mrs. Lydia Morris, Yakima; Mrs. Dorothea Catlaw, Ephrata; Mrs. Marie DeWitt, Riverside, CA; and Mrs. Ruth Law, Sacramento, CA; 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Henry and Daniel Jeske of Peshastin, WA. Four half-sisters also survive: Bertha Schafer, Odessa; Helen Miedinger, Lodi, CA; Hilda Senig, Kalispell, MT; and Tina Roloff, Olympia; three half-brothers: Richard Roloff, Odessa; Bernard Roloff, Olympia; and Leonard Roloff, Spokane. Casket bearers were neighbors and friends of the family: David Birge, Emanual Becker, David Jasman, Daniel Schell, Eugene Wraspir and Louis Wraspir. Interment was in the family plot at the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 7-17-1975)

Giese, Manford Laverne,  (added) d. Oct 10, 1995  “Funeral services for Manford Laverne Giese, a native of the Odessa area and a long-time resident of Moses Lake, were held on Friday, Oct 13, at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake. He died on Tuesday, Oct 10, 1995, at Lake Ridge Special Care Center in Moses Lake. He was 72 years old. He was born at Ruff on Nov 24, 1922, the son of Daniel and Minnie (Dobson) Giese. At an early age, he moved with his family to Odessa, where he was raised and educated, graduating from high school in 1941. As a young boy, he participated in 4-H programs, raising and showing cattle. He also worked with horses on dry land wheat farms. Throughout his lifetime, he enjoyed raising and caring for cattle and horses, and he had several of each. He married Virginia Irene Horst, of Odessa, on Sept 8, 1946. They made their home in the Odessa area until moving to Moses Lake in 1963. He worked for American Potato for 22 years, retiring in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Moses Lake; a son, Brian Giese, of Moses Lake; 2 daughters, Patty Melvin, of Kent, WA; and Nancy Leach, of Moses Lake; two sisters, Ruth Walter, of Odessa, and Marilu Quast, of Spokane; 7 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin daughters and two brothers. Interment and graveside services at Odessa Cemetery followed the funeral service. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-undated)

Giese, Marjorie R. (Zicha), (added; d. Sept 10, 2007) “Marjorie Giese, age 88, died Monday, Sept 10, in Spokane.  Marjorie was born Oct 30, 1920, in Odessa, the daughter of George and Rebecca (Cordes) Zicha. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper, including 20 years at Camp Chevrolet in Spokane.  She was a member of the Eagles Lodge, loved to square dance and had a program on KXLY Channel 4 as a ‘caller’.  Mrs. Giese is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Malta and Claude Davey, of Spokane, sisters Florence Wilson and Maxine Divito, both of Spokane, and Marilyn Kramer of Kansas.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Eunice Zicha, of Spokane, and son-in-law, Terry Williams, of Spokane.  Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Gottlieb (Pete) Giese, son William, and daughters Linda Zeller and Donna Williams.  At her request no services will be held. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-2007)

Giese, Martha,  (d. 1926; b. 1924; TS; OC; DC)  “Martha Giese. Female, white, single. Birth: Oct 13, 1924, WA.  Age: 1 yr 9 mos 26 days. Father: August Giese born Russia; Mother: Maggie Jeske born Russia. Informant: August Giese, Address: Ruff, WA. Death: 8-08-1926, 4:30 p.m.,  near Moody, Adams Co, WA. Drowned in water tank. C Henderson, MD, Lind, WA. Burial: Odessa on 8-10-1926. no undertaker. Dr Thompson of Odessa reported the case.” (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)  “One of the saddest incidents the record has ever recorded is the death of Martha Giese, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Giese, who drowned in a water trough on her father’s ranch in the Ruff district about 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. While the different members of the family were busy working around the house and farm, thinking the little tot who was playing, apparently safe from danger, she pulled a water pail up to the trough which was only 20 inches deep and set above the ground, and was enabled thereby to crawl up so that she fell into it.  The water was not deep and she was evidently stunned by the fall and drowned before gaining consciousness. It is thought that her body was in the shallow water about 15 minutes before it was discovered.  Her funeral was held at Odessa Tuesday afternoon from the Pilgrim Congregational church, with the Rev G. Graedel officiating, after which interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 8-13-1926)

Giese, Maude, (added) “Maude Giese, a member of a pioneer Odessa family, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, in Davenport at the age of 102.  She was born Amanda Edwina Dorothea Carolina Kuest on Oct 5, 1902, in Odessa, the daughter of Julius and Rosena Kuest. As a young girl, she chose her nickname and was known by most people as Maude for the rest of her life. Her childhood, as the second oldest of seven children, was one of hard work on the family farm.  As was the custom then, as a teenage she was often lent to other families in need of extra hands to help with cooking and child care. In her early 20s, she was in a car crash that left her with a shattered nose and an eye injury which required surgery and took months of healing.  She attended beauty school in Spokane, where she met Rudolph (Rudy) Giese, of Ruff, who was in barber school. They were married on Dec 5, 1931, and soon after purchased the barber shop in Odessa from John Frieske. It was known as the Model Barber and Beauty Shop, with Maude and Rudy’s sister, Ida Mills, operating the beauty shop.  Rudy and Maude had two children, Gerald, born in 1937, and Janice Rose, 1939. Rudy died at 43 of heart disease in 1950, and after attempting to hire reliable barbers to keep the shop open, Maude was forced to sell the business. She went to work for the Odessa School District as a cook at the school cafeteria, where she remained for the next 19 years.  She helped both her children obtain their college degrees. Her son died at 38 of the disease he inherited from his father. After retiring in 1973, Maude moved to an apartment at Lincoln Heights in Spokane. She transferred from Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, where she was baptized and confirmed, to Bethlehem Lutheran, where she continued to serve in the choir and many other activities. Maude began a series of trips throughout the US, Canada and the world, traveling with her brothers and sisters and others of her many friends. She also enjoyed baking and handiwork. Her family and friends remember her wit, laughter, helping hands and loving nature. At the age of 87, Maude moved to Lilac Plaza assisted living in Spokane, where she lived for nine years before requiring more care, residing at the Davenport Nursing Home for the past year.  She is survived by her brother, Leroy Kuest, of Spokane; daughter Janice Rose Graham and husband James, of Reardan; grandchildren Margret and Jay Graham, of Seattle, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Alma and Edna, brothers Oscar, Reinhold and Irvin, and her son Gerald.  Funeral services were held on Monday, May 2, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Phil Falk officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-05-2005)

Giese, Minnie M.,  w/o Dan  (d. 11-12-1986; b. 8-23-1897; TS; OC; obit)  “Minnie M. Giese of Odessa, born Aug 23, 1897 in Bridgewater, NC to June and Marietta Dobson, passed away here Nov 12, (1986).  One of 14 children in the family, she moved with them to the Washington towns of Hay and Moody, where she attended school through the eighth grade. After she married Daniel Giese in April, 1914, the couple lived in Hay and Ruff, then moved to the family farm north of Odessa in 1925, where her husband died in 1944. Mrs. Giese remained on the farm with her son Dan until 1972, then moved into Odessa. She resided here until her death. She was a member of the English Congregational Church for more than 50 years and was a charter member of the Odessa Grange. Mrs. Giese is survived by a son, Manny Giese of Moses Lake; by two daughters, Ruth Walter of Odessa and Marilu Quast of Spokane; by a sister, Ida Moore of Colfax; and by 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and by two sons, Daniel and Bud.  Funeral services were held Nov 14 at the English Congregational Church of Odessa, Pastor Robert Shofner officiating. Concluding service and interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Casket bearers were Rick Walter, Jim Quast, Steve Giese, Brian Giese, Mike Giese, Len Jennings, Larry Melvin, Chuck Leach, Richie Michels and Jim Arbuckle.” (Odessa Record: 11-20-1986)

Giese, Reinhold,   (added; d. 4-11-1919 dc) “Reinhold Giese. Male, white, single. Birth: Dec 30, 1918, Grant Co near Warden. Father: Wm Giese, born Russia; Mother: Leotina Hermann, born Russia. Informant: (not shown).  Death: April 11, 1919, 2 a.m., Odessa, WA.  Cause: Lobular Pneumonia. Signed Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: (not shown).” (WA State Board of Health: Register of Death; burial not confirmed; this burial not identified by Suchland however there were 2 graves unnamed in the early section A-03.) 

Giese, Rudolph Harry  (d. 1950; b. 1906; TS; OC; LL) “Rudolph Harry Giese. Born: March 14, 1906, at Ruff, WA.  Died: Sept 4, 1950, at Mount Vernon, WA. Buried: Sept 7, 1950, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Thrombosis. Age: 44 yrs 5 mos 21 days. Mourned by wife: Maude Edwina Giese; one son, Gerald; one daughter, Janice Rose; 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Text: Ps 40:11.  E R Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Giese, Samuel,  h/o Katherine  (d. 3-10-1918; b. 11-11-1863; TS; OC; DC; Cong) “Giese, Samuel.  Birth: 11 Nov 1863; Died: 10 Mar 1918; Age 54 yrs 4 mos; apoplexy; Spouse: Kathrina Giese and family; Buried: 13 Mar 1918.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; burial location not given)  “Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Giese arrived from Liepsic, ND Monday evening to attend the Sam Giese funeral.” (Odessa Record-Mar 16, 1918) “Samuel Giese died at his home in the south part of town about noon Sunday as the result of the stroke of paralysis he sustained a week before. He never rallied from the cerebral hemorrhage which caused the stroke and during the greater part of the time lay unconscious until his death. Mr Giese was one of the early settlers of the Odessa country, having settled upon a homestead southwest of town 16 years ago. He was 54 years and 4 months old and was born in Russia where he grew up, married and then migrated to America in 1891. He first settled at Hebron, S Dakota and resided there 10 years before he came to Odessa, where by hard work and thrifty habits he accumulated a good ranch and enough money to retire and but recently moved to Odessa. He leaves a wife and ten children to mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted at the Pilgrim Congregational church Wednesday afternoon Rev W. F. Essig officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record-March 15, 1918) “Samuel Giese. Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: Nov 11, 1863, South Russia. Age: 54 yr 4 mos.  Father: Godfred Giese born Russia; Mother; Lenora Klaus born Russia. Informant: Dan Giese of North Dakota. Death: March 10, 1918, Dist #6 Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Cerebral embolism of 10 days duration. Contributory: unknown. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on March 13, 1918. G. B. Stone, Undertaker, Odessa.” (WA State Register of Death) (edit: 10 children: John, Rudolph H., Adie, Christ, Henry, August, Ida, Emma, Pauline, and Elsie)

Giese, Steven L.,   (d. 1984; b. 1958; TS; OC)

Giese, Ted,   (d. 1993; b. 1910; TS; OC; obit) “Graveside service for Theodore ‘Ted’ Giese were held Wednesday, May 19, at the Odessa Cemetery. Mr. Giese died Friday, May 14, 1993, in Seattle. He was born in Lind, WA, on March 17, 1910, the son of August and Magdalena Giese. He grew up on the family farm in the Moody area southwest of Odessa. He attended grade school at the Moody school. He was confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Warden, WA, in 1928. He worked with his father on the farm until he married in 1934. He and his wife, Anna, then moved to the Jake Schmidt place, where they farmed until the house burned down in 1954. They moved to Odessa, with Ted continuing to work his farm from there. They sold the farm in 1970, but Ted continued to work for various farmers in the Odessa area. Ted had suffered from diabetes. His death was caused by complications of the disease. Ted and Anna enjoyed playing shuffleboard in Odessa and Moses Lake for many years. They also enjoyed country western music and European folk music all of their lives. Another of their pleasures was ‘buttoning up’ the farm in the early fall to work in the orchards picking apples at Wenatchee. They did this at first during the Depression out of necessity. In later years he did it for the enjoyment of the scenery and of the people they met. Ted is survived by his wife, Anna Giese, of Odessa; one son and his wife, Ken and Carol Giese, of Puyallup, WA; two grandchildren, Sherry Roland, of Buckley, WA, and Marci Berry of Puyallup; 5 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Giese, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Clifford Giese, of Moses Lake; 5 sisters, Lorraine Oster, of Moses Lake, Lydia Morris, of Selah, Marie Dewitt, of Elkton, OR, Ruth McDonough, of Orland, CA, and Dorothea Catlow, of Ephrata, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. The Rev Scott Jurgens, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, officiated at the graveside services. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (scrapbook obit)

Giesek, Conrad,  h/o Kath.  (d. 8-15-1941; b. 6-04-1858; TS; OC; LL) “Conrad Giesek, born June 4, 1858, at Walter, Russia, died Aug 15, 1941 in Davenport, WA, was buried on Aug 17, 1941 in Odessa, WA.  Was baptized and confirmed in Lutheran Church. In 1901 came from Russia to Odessa, WA, with his wife, Katharine, nee Bartalamay, who preceded him in death in April 1930.  Later married Mrs. Vogel, a widow; Survivors: a brother, Mr. Christian Giesek, of Spokane, and a number of nephews and nieces. It seems he was never a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Text: Ps. 103:15-16. Martin Pempeit.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Conrad Gesik. Death: Aug 15, 1941.” (Index of Bumgarner Funeral Ledger of Davenport, original records archived at MAC in Spokane)

Giesek, Katherine,  w/o Con  (d. 4-02-1930; b. 9-12-1858; TS; OC; LL) “Frau Conrad Giesek, nee Bartalamay, born in Walter, Russland. Died: 2 April 1930 in Odessa, WA. Funeral: 6 April at the church. Age: 71 yrs. (survivors). H. P. Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Katherine Jesek/Gesek, residence: Odessa, WA. Female, white, married, housewife. Wife of Conrad Gesek. Birth: Sept 12, 1858, Russia; age: 71 yrs. Father: Henry Bartolamay, born Russia; Mother: not obt., born Russia; Informant: Conrad Gesek, Odessa, WA.  Death: April 2. 1930, 3 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Diabetes, duration 3 yrs; Contributory: Apoplexy, duration 1 month. Physician: Glen E Snyder, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: not shown. Undertaker: H H Strate.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Giessler, Frank J.,   (d. 6-07-36; b. 8-03-1862; h/o Teresa; see old Odessa Catholic)

Gilbertson, Annice,  (w/o Ray. d. 1990; b. 1912; TS; OC) “In Memory Of Annice Josephine Gilbertson. Born May 25, 1912 at Marlin, WA; Passed Away March 7, 1990, Spokane, WA; Funeral Services: Monday, March 12, 1990 at 10:30 a.m. Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Pastor Glenn A Gettinger, Officiating. Organist: Ora Rae Ottmar. Concluding Services and Vault Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Casket Bearers: Herb Burghard, Lamar Homberg, Brian Homberg, Art Melcher, Loren Totusek, Bill Richardson.  Honorary Bearers: Art Deife, Richard Voise, Vigil Totusek, Maurice Weishaar.” (Funeral Program). “Annice (James) Gilbertson was born May 25th, 1912 at Krupp (now Marlin). Her parents, Mary (Horn) and Maurice James, preceded her in death, as did two sisters, Verna Mae (James) Hayward and Mable James, and an infant brother.  Annice married Raymond Gilbertson in 1941 and they farmed at Marlin on the farm of her parents, south of Marlin. They moved to Odessa when they retired and built a new home there.  Annice spent most of her life in the Marlin area, attending school at Marlin and then Wilson Creek. Annice had a beauty shop at Grand Coulee for several years where she met Raymond Gilbertson and married.” (Grace Kallenberger’s addition) “Annice J Gilbertson, 77, of Odessa and a former Marlin resident, passed away on March 7, at a Spokane hospital. She was born on May 25, 1912 at Krupp (now Marlin) and spent most of her life in the Marlin area, attending school at Marlin and Wilson Creek, graduating from Marlin High School in 1930. She married Raymond Gilbertson in 1941 in Grand Coulee, where she had operated a beauty shop for several years. Following their marriage the couple farmed on her parents land south of Marlin until they retired and moved to Odessa and built a new home. She was a member of Heritage United Church of Christ in Odessa. Mrs Gilbertson is survived by her husband, Raymond, at the home; 3 sisters, Mildred Ottmar, Coulee City; Eunice Handel, Spokane and Florence Smith, Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary (Horn) and Maurice James; two sisters, Verna Mae James Hayward and Mable James, and an infant brother. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 12, at Heritage UCC in Odessa. Interment followed in the Odessa Cemetery.”

Gilbertson, Raymond,   (d. 1993; b. 1908; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Ray Gilbertson, a former mayor of Odessa, were held last Saturday at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary. Mr. Gilbertson died on Tuesday, March 23, 1993, in Springfield, OR. He was 83 years old. He was born in Arcadia, WI, on March 12, 1908, the son of Louie and Josephine Gilbertson. He attended school there, and was active in sports, receiving medals in track and lettering in basketball. When he was in his early 20s, he came to Washington. He worked as a carpenter during the construction of Grand coulee Dam. There he met Annice James, of Marlin. They were married in Marlin on Jan 3, 1941. He joined the US Navy in Jan 1943 and served in both the 40th and 81st construction battalions. He was with the first forces to land on Normandy and later on Okinawa. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for service in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific theatres of operation. He also received the African-Middle East service ribbon. He was discharged after three years of service, and he and Annice farmed near Marlin until 1962, when they moved to Odessa. He was active in lobbying in Washington for Columbia Basin irrigation programs. He was elected may of Odessa in 1972. During his four-year-administration, the Odessa Landfill was opened. He was preceded in death in 1990 by his wife, Annice, and by his 5 brothers. Survivors include three sisters, Stella Duxbury, Seattle, Maybell Torason, Blair, WI, and Ruth Hart, Costa Mesa, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev Allan Hulten of Spokane officiated at the funeral. Casket bearers were art Melcher, Herb Burghard, Bill Richardson, Alvin Goetz, Lamar Homberg, and Henry Michaelsen. Honorary bearers were Art Diefe, Richard Voise and Maurice Weishaar. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook obit)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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