Groton - Michael J. Giesing, 86, of Groton, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Aug. 22, 2012, at home, with his family around him.
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He was born on Sept. 11, 1925, in New London, to the late William F. and Mary (Sullivan) Giesing of Groton. Mike was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving as a tin can sailor on U.S. Destroyers. He continued to serve until his retirement from active duty in 1959. After the Navy, Mike came home to Groton and married the late Jane V. (Smith) Giesing on July 18, 1959. He worked as a automotive mechanic with a Dairy Company in New London and then for the Southern New England Telephone Company until his retirement in 1990.
Mike always remained a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who will be dearly missed and always remembered for his kindness and wisdom. He was a huge sports fan watching UConn Basketball and Red Sox baseball, but his sports love was football. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A special thanks from Mikes family to John Christina, for being a great friend to our dad over the years, especially after our mom passed away in the year 2000.
Mike is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Maria (McDonnell) Giesing of North Stonington; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Richard Allard of Salem; step-daughter, Marie (Pokonicki) Sailors of Florida; nine grandchildren, Jessica and Joseph Giesing, Carol (Allard) Comrie, Lea (Allard) Ingraham, Richard and David Allard, Robert, David and Scott Swaer; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Mike was predeceased by his step-son, Raymond Pokonicki; and brothers, Timothy T., John T., and William F. Giesing
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Church in Groton. Burial will follow in Colonel Ledyard Cemetery, Groton. There are no calling hours.
Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Mike's memory be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360. Thank you for your wonderful help and assistance.
Please visit www.Byles.com for information or to sign the guestbook.
Published in The Day on Aug. 23, 2012