Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Dad

(Jan) My dad passed away last Saturday. He had been in failing health for some time and died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Chuck and I had the privilege of being with he and mom on his last two days helping care for him. We enjoyed being here this summer visiting and spending time with he and mom. The following is his obituary.

1916-2010 Herbert Riesselman, 94, of Carroll, Iowa, and formerly of Halbur, Iowa, died early Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Swan House Assisted Living in Carroll.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2010, at St. Augustine Church in Halbur. The Celebrant will be Father Dale Reiff. Lectors will be Janice Moore and Tracey Wagner. Gift Bearers will be Janae Carlson and Jessica Riesselman. Mass Servers will be Stephen Moore, Nick Wagner, and Ryan Carlson. Eucharistic Ministers will be Mary Ann Riesselman, Linda Gilliland, and Susan Riesselman. Casket Bearers will be Andy Riesselman, John Riesselman, Tom Brown, Brent Moore, Eric Moore, Josh Moore, Chad Gilliland, Jeff Wagner, Mark Carlson, and Weston Hulst. Burial will be at St. Augustine Cemetery in Halbur with military honors conducted by the Arcadia American Legion.
Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 2:30 p.m. Thursday.  A rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. Thursday by the Templeton Knights of Columbus.  There will be a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Thursday by St. Augustine Parish.
Herbert Riesselman was born on April 8, 1916, at Halbur, Iowa, the son of Henry and Catharina (Muhlbauer) Riesselmann.  He attended St. Augustine School and then worked as a farm hand.  He entered the U.S. Army in September 1942 and served during World War II.  He received five Bronze Battle Stars for battles at Rhineland, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and Central Europe.  He was honorably discharged in September 1945.  Herb and Dolores Ocken were united in marriage on August 27, 1946, at St. John Church in Arcadia and the couple made their home in Halbur.  Herb was a salesman for the J.R. Watkins Company for twenty-one years and from 1968 to 1978 the family operated Herb’s Grocery Store in Halbur and he also worked for the Halbur Water Department.
He was a member of St. Augustine Parish, Templeton Knights of Columbus, Arcadia American Legion serving as Post Commander in 1969, was a 30-year member of the Halbur Fire Department serving as its Fire Chief, and was a member of the Polka Club of America.  Herb had a passion for music and in the 1960’s and 1970’s played with his “Herb’s Polka Dots” band and later played with “Esther’s Accordian Band”.  Herb played his music for family gatherings, retirement centers, nursing homes, and Polka Masses.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores Riesselman of Carroll; his children, Linda Gilliland and husband Richard of Leavenworth, Kansas, Janice Moore and husband Charles of Manning, Glen Riesselman and wife Mary Ann of Templeton, and Ron Riesselman and special friend Scarlett Murphy of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; ten grandchildren; Tracey (Jeff) Wagner,  Janae (Mark) Carlson, Tom (Janel) Brown, Chad (Megan) Gilliland, Brent (Donna) Moore, Eric (Cheri) Moore, Josh (Sarah) Moore, Andrew (Jessica) Riesselman, Susan Riesselman and fiancĂ© Weston Hulst and John Riesselman, twenty-one great grandchildren; his sisters, Marie Wernimont of Sioux City, Regina Frischmeyer of Glidden, Alice Christiansen of Denison, and Kathryn Curnyn and husband Bob of Denison; brothers, Lawrence Riesselman and wife Ada of Carroll, Walter Riesselman and wife Lucille of Vail, Andrew Riesselman and wife JoAnn of Carroll, Leonard Riesselman and wife Donna of Halbur, and Vernon Riesselman and wife Betty of Halbur; sisters-in-law, Edith Riesselman of Kansas City, Linda Riesselman of Omaha, Nebraska Agatha Sailer and husband Paul of Bagley and Charlotte Ocken of Omaha and brothers-in-law Wilfred Ocken and wife Rose of Carroll, Francis Ocken and wife Ann of Omaha. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law a great granddaughter, Megan Lynn Carlson; brothers, Vincent Riesselman and Henry Riesselman, brothers-in-law Wilbur Wernimont, Leonard Frischmeyer, Tom Christiansen, Gordon Podey, Norbert Ocken and sister-in-law Reinildis Venner and husband Andrew.


Nancy said...

Oh how Jerry and I enjoyed reading the story of Herb's life! We are thinking of you both at this sad, but yet glorious time. He was a man of many talents and great love. Thanks for sharing your dad's story.

Bear and Butterfly said...

It was wonderful that you had time with your Dad, they will be special memories forever.

ourbusandus said...

I was sorry to hear about your dad, and, just got around to catching up with your blog and then reading his obituary. He was a man of many talents and he lived a good full life with plenty of kids, grandkids & great grandkids to round it all out. You are all going to have so many great memories of him which is a great comfort. Just remember, he is still living in your hearts and you will all meet up again one day in the afterlife.

Hugs, Sharon & Ron

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