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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.

The service will be live streamed on the Calvary Church facebook page and available after 10 am on Friday, August 20th. VIEW SERVICE HERE ON FACEBOOK or VIEW ON YOUTUBE

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.

37 thoughts on “THOMAS H. GIESE”

  1. Diane and family, So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing! May God give you strength to get through these days ahead. I have many good memories of Tom from Mora Class of 1966. God Bless!

  2. It is with deep sorrow that we heard of Tom’s passing. What an awesome person he was. We have many good memories of him being so positive & patient with new skiers. And, such a hard worker & supporter of the Vasaloppet, & young people in general. He was also a man committed to God & his family. As we rally around his family in their grief, Tom knows exactly where he’s going as he was called home. “Be a skier”, Tom💕.
    Love to Diane & family
    Gary & Carol

  3. So very sorry for your loss. Tom was such an inspiration to so many of us. Forever in our thoughts.

    Scott and Caroline

  4. I served with Tom for many years at the Pine City Armory. He was a great, caring solder!
    SSG Dan Reed (ret)

  5. Thank you SFC Giese for your many years of service to our country and for you guidance though my many years of service. Couldn’t have asked for a better person to invite me into the unit. Gods speed Tom, we’ll see ya at the Green.

  6. Diane and family,
    I am so sorry to read this. Hugs, Love, Peace as you go through these days. He was a good man.

  7. Prissy and I were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I just talked to him a week ago and we were
    making plans to meet in Missouri. I met Tom in 1967 while in the military. We went to Viet Nam
    on the same ship and then served together in 1968. We reconnected through the reunions of
    the 31st. Tom and Diane came to Texas and we met for a while. Prissy and Diane became friends
    knowing that both were retired teachers and the forever wives of military men.
    So sorry for your loss, Diane, and know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and
    prayers during these next days.
    Prissy and Leo Neely

  8. Diane and family,
    Steve and I would like to send our sympathy in the passing of Tom. Steve has many great Guard memories with Tom. He will be missed.

  9. Dear Diane and family, We extend our condolences to you at Tom’s passing. He always had a very positive and happy attitude. Also a very good neighbor. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Gary and Carol Olson

  10. Diane….we are so sorry for your loss. Tom was an encourager. I remember standing in the cold beside him at Theodore Wirth waiting for Nate to come by. He had an enthusiastic word of encouragement for every Mustang that flew by. You and you family are in our prayers.

    Carol and Randy Reynolds

  11. Diane and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories…and you have many.
    God Bless!
    Wendy and Mike Gorham

  12. My heart broke when I read the news. Diane and family, I’m so very sorry and will hold you all in my heart and prayers. Tom was the best neighbor and all around wonderful person. He is a true treasure and will certainly be missed by many.

  13. Diane and family, Deb and I send our condolences to you with Tom’s passing. Tom was a great friend and mentor to me during our nearly 20 years of service together. He was a very dedicated soldier who always put his men first, and was highly respected by those who knew him. His calm demeanor always seem to make things better in less than desirable situations. It was an honor and a privilege to have served with such a fine soldier. If you ever need help, let me know and your military family will be there. God bless

  14. Diane and family, we sure so sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. You have our deepest sympathy! May the Lord keep you close in His arms to help you in your sorrow!
    Alan & Linda Andersen

  15. Diane and family….so sorry to hear the news of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful man, role model and always went the second mile to help out when needed. I have wonderful memories of him from the ski team, encouraging and teaching the kids. May you find comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead.

  16. So sorry to hear of Tom’s death. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
    Diane Peterson Greenagel

  17. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. The Hellzen family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. A great man who will be dearly missed.

  18. We will miss you Tom.

    Diane please let us know you need anything and we will do our best to help you out. May God give you comfort today and the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lonnie & Jackie Ness

  19. Diane and family, So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ken and Carol Fackler

  20. I was very happy and proud to have Tom as my brother-in-law. He was smart, brave and thoughtful; was loved by his extended family. He met the challenges of life with determination and courage.
    Tom was proud of his children and their accomplishments, as well as his grandchildren. I was privileged to spend a few days camping at Camp Ripley with Tom and Diane. Good memories.
    Diane, you are my heart and I will see you soon.

  21. Diane and family. Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are to hear of Tom’s passing. Always had a kind word and that big infectious smile whenever we seen him. Thank you for sharing him with the community as the ski coach at the high school. RIP Tom you have left so many memories which we will cherish. Tom and Lorraine Whiteford

  22. So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful man and he took great care of young people wherever he was!!!

  23. Diane and family. Sorry for you loss. He was a fun guy to be around. Always a smile and glad to see you. He will be missed.

  24. Diane, I am so sorry to hear about Tom. My heart can relate to your loss. I loved seeing you walk by our house together. Tom was such a positive and caring man. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  25. Diane and family, Our deepest sympathy to your family. Tom was such a positive force on the ski team. He always encouraged the skiers and offered positive reinforcement. He will be missed. God be with you.

  26. Diane, Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. We pray you feel the love of friends
    and the closeness of God. He hears all prayers and knows your heart. Trust in Him and you will
    find comfort.
    Harlan and Lisa Gilbertson

  27. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing and for the loss of your best friend, Diane. To me, Tom represented all things good, setting steadfast examples as a husband and father, friend, community, church and school leader, and as a Patriot. I have a great deal of admiration for Tom.

  28. Diane and family,
    We were so sorry to see this sad news. We will always think fondly of the countless times we saw you & Tom at various places in Mora. Our sympathy, love and support goes out to you and the entire family.
    Michelle and Fred

  29. Times like this the word unfair crops to mind. You 2 and your family have endured a roller coaster of emotions the past 15 months. He definitely fought the good fight with you his beloved wife always at his side.
    We are thankful to have met you 2 on February of 1997 (while I was church shopping). You probably don’t remember but it was over coffee and goodies after Calvary’s Sunday service.
    God bless Toms memory. God bless the Giese family. Ernie and Marian

  30. I’m so sorry and sad to hear of Tom’s passing. What a wonderful man. He always teased me about how fast I drove down your driveway in high school. As an adult I realized he was right!!

  31. Dear Chad, Ann, Evan, Anders and Family, May the memories of your dad and grandfather bring you comfort in the days ahead. He will always live in your heart and continue to accompany you. We send you our love and support.
    – Bodee, Iliana, Lucas & Stella

  32. So sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of coaching with Tom during the years. Always looked forward to racing against the Mora team when they came down to Winona and the year that I helped coached the team while staying at my folks place. Thoughts to Diane, Kristi, Chad and John. Take care and thoughts to all of you.

  33. I didn’t know Tom until we met being volunteers at our local hospital. What I do remember is that when I sat by him during meetings or at one of the Welcome Desks, I talked his ear off and he always listened with great interest. I always marvelled at how tough he was going through his cancer treatments and will always be amazed at how Diane could keep it all straight. What a wonderful pair! Blessings to Diane and her family, I truly understand after reading all the other messages, how wonderful that man really was. Eunice Weckwerth

  34. Dianne and family: I served with Tom for a number of years at the Pine City Armory. Myself, and so many of the other soldiers have the upmost respect for Tom and have so many fond memories of our time spent on and off-duty. He exemplifies what it means to be a leader, a mentor, and most of all, a friend. He has impacted so many people and will be greatly missed.

  35. John, Jenny, Diane, all the entire Giese Family –

    We are so very sorry to hear Of Tom’s passing; our deepest condolences to all of you. What a great man Tom was and what an incredible angel you have now each step of the way. Lords Blessings to all of you!

    -Peter and Katie Bucka

  36. Diane & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May all your good memories help you through the difficult times. You two were an inspiration in the neighborhood for others to get outside to walk and enjoy nature. May God grant you peace and strength to heal your hearts.
    Steve & Jean Strelow

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