Obituary Record

Rupert E Giesselmann
Died on 11/23/2003

Enterprise 12 Dec. 2003

Rupert E. Giesselmann, 81

Rupert E. Giesselmann, 81, of Overland, Mo., died Nov. 23, 2003, in Overland of congestive heart failure.

Funeral services were Nov. 26 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, Mo. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Rupert E. Giesselmann was born in Arlington. He graduated from Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

In 1942, he married Irene L. Hoffman of Cedar Bluffs.

Mr. Giesselmann served in the Army from 1942 until 1946, and was stationed in the Philippines.

After World War II, he began his 36-year teaching career at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Olivette. During his tenure there, he was the school principal, organist and choir director.

In 1960, he moved to Seward, where he taught seventh grade at St. John’s Lutheran School. He returned to St. Louis in 1969 as a teacher and the principal at Atonement Lutheran School in Florissant. He later took the dual position of principal and teacher at Hope Lutheran School in St. Ann until his retirement in 1987.

His love for children and education couldn’t keep him out of the classroom. For the next 12 years, he worked as a substitute teacher for the Special School District of St. Louis County.

In addition to his wife, Irene, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Becky Giesselmann of Arlington, Texas; four daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Tom Brockmann of Creve Coeur, Mo., Elaine and Rod Kumm of Innsbruck, Mo., Catherine and Tom Fogarty of St. Charles, Mo., and Connie Thoene of Oakville, Mo.; a sister, Harriet Bloemker of Fremont; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Glenn, Lyle, Merle and Larry Giesselmann and two grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, Mo., or the Concordia University Development Office in Seward.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska. ~~~

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Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 12/12/2003