Geraldine Mae Giere, age 98, of Cambridge and formerly of Rochester, died August 6, 2013 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 9th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.
Geraldine was born on May 3, 1915, in Rochester, MN to Walter and Josephine Purves. She was educated in Rochester Public Schools and attended Rochester Junior College. Geraldine married Lester Carl Giere in 1938. They resided in Rochester where she worked for Mayo Clinic, retiring in 1980. She was well known by her friends and family for her exceptional cooking and her sewing expertise. She loved nature, playing bridge with her friends and reading extensively until macular degeneration hampered her activities.
Geraldine is survived by one son, Jon W (Kathleen) Giere of Zumbrota, MN; one daughter, Cynthia (Chuck) Thomas of Blackduck, MN; one sister, Donna (Keith) Caswell of Maple Grove; six grandchildren, Natalie (Chad) Johnson of Bethel, Brett Thomas of Zimmerman, Susan (Jamie) Chaplin of Nashville, TN, Michelle (Rick) Babcock of Rochester, Sandra (Kevin) Furr of Rochester and Wendy (Lawrence) Frye of McDonough, GA; 14 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren and by other relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, sister, Wanda Allen, and brother-in-law, Sam Allen.