Theresa, 79, died peacefully at 4:22 AM on December 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, CA.
Theresa was born in Omaha, NE, on March 10, 1934, to Sam and Mary Douchey as the sixth of eight children. She married Thomas Giesemann in Omaha, NE, on June 2, 1956. Together, they raised seven children and lived in Iowa, Arizona, California, Alabama, and finally settled in Ramona, California, in 1982.
Theresa was a kind, loving spirit who brought joy and happiness to all those who knew and loved her. She wouldn't think twice about challenging any of her children or grandchildren to a game of rummy. She will be greatly missed for her quick-wit and generous heart. Theresa endured so much in her life; and she was always so remarkable in her will, her memory, and in her persistence to endure so many challenges. Theresa's primary joys in life were the happiness of her family, devotion to her Catholic faith, and reading books of all kinds.
She is survived and loved by her beloved husband of 57 years, Thomas Giesemann; their children, Mary Giesemann, Tom Giesemann and wife, Patti Pedersen-Giesemann, Joe and wife, Andrea Giesemann, Barry and wife, Yvette Giesemann, Amy and husband, Paul Stastny, Mike and wife, Leslie Giesemann, and Pat and wife, Corinne Giesemann; their grandchildren, Jessica and husband, Adam Sisson, Corey Giesemann, Alexandra Giesemann, Brielle Giesemann, Grant Giesemann, Spencer Giesemann, Max Giesemann, Sam Giesemann, Lucca Stastny, Eli Giesemann, and Benjamin Giesemann; their two cats, Lucy and Molly; and her two sisters, Irene Larkin and Dorothy Slimp.
A Viewing and Rosary will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 5-8 PM at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary, 13243 Poway Rd., Poway, CA 92064, with the Rosary at 7 PM. Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 10 AM at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 537 E St., Ramona, CA 92065, with the Committal to follow at 1:30 PM at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Theresa's honor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Donations can be made by visiting www.nami.org.
If you would like the Giesemann family to receive receipt of your donation, you may use the following address: 7770 Regents Rd., P.O. Box 113-582, San Diego, CA 92122.
Arrangements are by Alhiser-Comer Mortuary.