OBITUARY

Janis Anne Giesecke

January 29, 1945December 30, 2020
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Janis Anne Giesecke was born on Jan 29, 1945 in Llano, Texas to Anna Mae Garrett and Hugh O. Eckel, where she lived until age 9. Her mother later married Don H. Bridges, Jr. and they moved to Marble Falls. She had one brother, Don H. Bridges, III. Don Bridges, Jr. legally adopted Janis when she was 14, after her mother was tragically killed in a car wreck. Don moved to San Marcos to operate a business, so Janis, not wanting to leave her beloved friends, stayed her senior year with one of her lifelong, dearest friends – Kara Nell Kinser Hall and her family. During high school, she dated the love of her life, Richie Giesecke, who lovingly called her “Red” or “Redbird”. She was a cheerleader, tennis player, class favorite, and Homecoming Queen. She attended one year of college in San Marcos, but put that on the back burner so that she and Richie could marry on June 6, 1964. She worked while he completed his college education at the University of Texas in Austin.

They made their lifelong home in Marble Falls. She was involved in a local sorority, tennis groups, many community events, loved the Marble Falls Library, was a member of the Birding Society, and was a regular at all of the local sports events. She was active in her beloved Baptist and Methodist churches, where she was in bell choir at both.

She worked for Dr. Ivan Shepperd as a nurse before becoming a full-time mother upon the birth of their daughter, Amy, in 1969. Their son, Mark, was born in 1972. She devoted her life to her husband and children. She was an encourager and supporter to them, doing whatever it took to help them realize their dreams. She taxied her children to countless tennis tournaments, baseball practices and games, karate lessons, piano lessons, dance lessons, football games, concerts, friends’ houses, birthday parties, swimming pools, and church services. She was an avid reader and rarely was she seen without a book in her hand. Under any circumstance, she would say, “I’m ok. I’ve got my book.” That served her well, as she spent hundreds of hours waiting in the car for the kids to be finished. She also survived some long overtimes at Mark’s baseball games because she was prepared.

She and Richie had a home that embraced her children’s friends. It was open to all and she always told people to “make yourself at home” - and she meant it. Social gatherings were common, and she was happy to have a place where the kids wanted to hang out. But though she was little, she could be fierce; and she did come with a strong “Momma Warning” to those enjoying themselves: Do NOT tear anything up and DO NOT WAKE YOUR FATHER!”

When her children were in high school and college, she finally was able to get back to realizing her own dream of completing a college education. She graduated from ACC with a degree in Nursing and obtained her RN license. We were so incredibly proud of her and she inspired so many, through her encouraging words and her actions, to never give up on their dreams – even if you have to take a detour. Over her nursing career, she worked as a home health, hospice (Nurse of the Year 1995), MHMR, and school nurse. She left nursing to be a full-time homemaker and grandmother so that she could enjoy the moments with her children and grandchildren.

She loved books (almost always on loan from the MF Public Library), crosswords, birdwatching, hunting for treasure with a metal detector, traveling, meeting her lifelong besties for get-togethers, helping with Meals on Wheels, and watching whatever event was going on at the time with her grandchildren. She was incredibly strong in her faith and knew Jesus personally. At the end of her life, she and Richie spent hours in quarantine watching church services on TV.

She and Richie were married for 56 ½ years. In her final days, she was only comfortable when she was with him. She asked two questions repeatedly - questions that revealed parts of her unclaimed by Dementia: her deepest connection to this earth and her servant’s heart - “Where’s Richie?” and “Can I help you?” Richie was with his Redbird as she flew away for the last time.

Janis leaves behind her husband, Richie Giesecke; daughter, Amy Giesecke; son, Mark Giesecke and Stephanie Rhodes; sister-in-law, Jan Giesecke Downs and husband Bill Downs; grandchildren: Cade and Kailee DeSpain, Dillon DeSpain, Katie Giesecke, Rhett Giesecke, Darryn Gamez, Zackary Rhodes, Kaitlyn Rhodes, Carter Rhodes, Cheyenne Delahoya, Shelbi Black, Chambrey Delahoya; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Anna Mae Bridges; brother, Don Bridges; Baby Girl Giesecke in 1967.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Cade DeSpain, Dillon DeSpain, Rhett Giesecke, Darryn Gamez, Zackary Rhodes, Carter Rhodes, and Ed Atwood.

The family would like to express their most sincere gratitude to those who helped care for and love Janis during the past few years as her Dementia progressed: Dena Beard, Sharon Chinn, Maria Sanchez, and Rubye Granstaff; as well as her very dear friends, Kara Nell Hall and Cissy Atchison.

The family has requested that anyone wishing to express sympathy in memory of Janis through monetary gifts, please consider supporting the Marble Falls Public Library, or an organization of your choice that supports researching a cure for Alzheimers/Dementia.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Cade DeSpain
  • Dillon DeSpain
  • Rhett Giesecke
  • Darryn Gamez
  • Zackary Rhodes
  • Carter Rhodes
  • Ed Atwood

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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  • Burial

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Pete Joost

January 14, 2021

So many wonderful times shared with Janice and Richie during our school days at Marble Falls. So glad to read about their children enjoying tennis as Richie and I played many matches. Janice was always my best friend and someone we will all miss dearly. Enjoyed visiting during our 50th high school reunion and am so thankful, I could be there with Janice, Richie and so many other wonderful classmates and friends.
My deepest sympathy to Richie, the family and all the friends that have shared their lives with them. So sad.
Fondly,
Pete Joost

Josie Ramirez

January 5, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Janice's passing.We have shared many years at sporting events at marble falls schools We played tennis together at a time when Charlie Herrington was pro at Meadow Lakes in a Tuesday league.Also I worked at H.L.E.S when Janice was school nurse,and remember picking cactus needles out of a child with her as there were too many for one person to accomplish .We volunteered together when students at all area schools had to have hearing ,vision and scoliosis testing.Our memories were many,and Janice was a good friend and a great person and I am glad to have shared them with her.

Abe Stice

January 5, 2021

It is will deep sadness that I learned of Janice’s passing. Always seen with a beautiful smile, she was a joy to be around. Whenever we met, she was always tell me that I was getting fat and I would reply that she was getting grey. We both would laugh heartedly. A friend that will be sorely missed.
R I P Janice.

Abe & Suzanne Stice

Shannon OConnor

January 4, 2021

I will miss Janice so much! She was such a joy to know!!!! I am blessed to have known her. Prayers for peace to all the family! ❤️

Kathy Kincaid Nobles

January 4, 2021

Oh my....such a beautiful life....the pictures you have posted say so much about this special woman and the life she lived.....I was privileged to have known her and spend some happy days together in our younger years! Many good memories of fun UT football games, trips to Ruidosa, playing tennis...she took me on as a doubles partner knowing I had little to no experience in that realm! We had fun anyway and won a few matches! Amy, one eve we had you and a bunch of kids loaded up in the back of the pickup truck taking y’all somewhere....the cops pulled us over and gave a scolding! Oops! But she took it in stride and off we went! The Giesecke home was always welcoming and the picture story portrays a life of love and total service! She nurtured so many people and children in this community through the years and helped them to be well...one of God’s ministering angels. I don’t understand why it had to end this way...all too soon!
I am upset I can’t come to her service because I have been closely exposed to Corona but know I will be there in spirit and prayers for y’all! Love to all the Giesecke family as you process through this and say goodbye to her for now! Just remember she is there still with you in that genetic makeup and you will hear her whispering to you at various times through your heartstrings! Love, Kathy

Bob Clifton

January 4, 2021

Rhonda and I express our condolences to the Giesecke family. Janis was truly an icon in all ways and was a key citizen in our community. We will not be able to attend any of
the visitation or services due to health restraints. Our love to you guys .
Rhonda and Bob Clifton

Michelle “Dean”McDonald

January 3, 2021

Janis was by far one of the town moms! I remember lots of visits in high school at the house and as I grew up she was someone I always looked up to and loved as a mom! When my girls went to highland lakes she definitely helped with my strong willed Kaytlynn and loved on her. She was a fantastic woman. She was full of love for everyone she met, she knew how to light up a room and how to make anyone feel loved. She was full of compassion, strength, love, and was by far one of the best people I’ve ever been blessed to know. Love you Mr. Giesecke,Mark, and Amy! Prayers of Peace, Love and comfort to surround all of you thru this . Hugs!!!!!!!!

Jeff and Gail Niestockel

January 3, 2021

Janis was a great neighbor. When my wife and I arrived in Marble Falls, she greeted us and showed us the ropes. She got me involved as a poll worker in Smithwick and my wife involved with MFISD student health screening. Indirectly got us neck deep in PetPals spay neuter clinic. She was a wonderful friend and glad we met her. She will be missed by all. Great lady.

Lyn Jay

January 3, 2021

Janis was a really great lady. One of the first ladies I met after we moved to mf in 1972. She was so full of life and spirit, with those 2 little redheaded kids Amy and Mark. She was somebody I looked up to, for many yrs! How blest we all were to have our lives touched by hers.

Lou Ann Holland

January 3, 2021

Janis was a dear cherished friend. We were Marble Falls classmates for many years and graduated together; so, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer a second time, I called Janis because she had experience in the matter and her nurturing gave me solace.

She and other girlfriends came to my home January 2019 and we shared old memories and joy. We met this December for another fun time at Riverview Grill. For that, I am thankful 🙏....

Richie, Amy, Mark, grandchildren and numerous close friends... you are all in my prayers and thoughts. We have been blessed to
have known Janis. May she RIP...
always, lou

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Janis is top picture. Bottom is Katie, her granddaughter, same age.

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