Thomas “Tom” Giese, of Mora. passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021 at Welia Health in Mora. He was 73 years old.
PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Nordic Center in Mora.
PLEASE NOTE: The family REQUESTS that FACE MASKS be worn at the services for Tom. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.
A PRIVATE INVITATION ONLY SERVICE will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church.
INURNMENT will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley in Little Falls
MEMORIALS are preferred to the Mora Vasaloppet – Tom Giese Skier Development Fund DONATE HERE or Calvary Lutheran church in lieu of flowers.
Thomas Henry Giese, of Mora, MN passed away on August 9, 2021 at Welia Health Care in Mora. He was 73 years old.
Tom was born in Minneapolis, MN on July 22, 1948 to Henry and Berniece Giese. He graduated from Mora High School, began a career in the Army, and graduated with a bachelor’s in education from the University of Missouri. While in Vietnam, he began exchanging letters with Diane Sprick, who became the love of his life. He was married to Diane on July 18, 1970 and they spent the next 51 years together.
Tom was a military man, farmer, hunter, builder, coach, mentor, leader, and loving husband, dad, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend for all of his 73 years. He lived in Mora nearly his entire life and traveled many places around the world. He made connections everywhere he went and kept in touch with friends and army buddies all across the country. He was inclusive of all and welcomed anyone into his family, including foreign exchange students, Patty Castro and Torsten Arndt, that to this day are still a part of his family.
Tom loved his family and community. He was always helping his children with projects and was just a phone call away to help them through any challenge they had. He took his grandkids camping often and shared farm life and his love of the outdoors with them all. An active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, VFW, American Legion, and a former Vasaloppet board president, Tom shared his blessings and energy with many.
“Be a skier!” is one of the often-remembered sayings that is associated with memories of Tom. He instilled a work ethic in everyone he coached over the years that allowed them to be the best in all aspects of life. His love of skiing and coaching was an important part of his life and he will leave a lasting memory with everyone that knew him that is much bigger than skiing alone.
The farm was where he found his energy, constantly working on an endless to-do list. The ‘hobby’ farm provided lessons he passed on to his family and neighbors. It is where he welcomed all that he knew and cared about, from holiday get-togethers, birthday parties, tractor rides, deer hunting, or just for a chat. The farm was more than a hobby and again showed us all the commitment and dedication he had to us, the land, and the community. His kids, grandkids, and neighbors all benefited from this blessing that he shared with many.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Diane, children Kristy and Eric Maki, Chad and Ann Giese, John and Jenny Giese, grandchildren Helena, Greta, Anders, Elsa, Evan, and Everett, sisters Donna (Vernon Heineman) and Annette Majeski, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Calvary Lutheran Church or the Mora Vasaloppet – Tom Giese Skier Development Fund.