Minnie Geigle taught country school
Funeral service for Minnie Geigle, 94, of Strasburg, N.D., and formerly of Pollock, were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Pollock Lutheran Church.
Burial was in Kvernes Cemetery south of Pollock.
Minnie died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Strasburg Care Center.
Minnie Irene Geigle was born July 7, 1919, on her parents’ farm south of Pollock. She was the daughter of Arndt and Elizabeth McCallum Ankerson. She grew up on the farm with two brothers, Arthur and Martin, and attended grade school at the Hillside School. She went to Mound City High School for two years and then completed high school in Pollock, graduating from Pollock High School in 1937.
Minnie attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen and received her one-year teaching degree. Beginning in the fall of 1939 she taught two years at Hillside School, one year at Gale School and then five more years at Hillside. She taught again at Hillside then Gale from 1953 to 1956.
Minnie married Oscar Geigle on Feb. 2, 1947, at Spring Creek Lutheran Church in Pollock. They lived on the Raymond and Nellie Beed farm until 1956 when they moved to the former Martin Hanson farm. In addition to her years as a school teacher, Minnie helped Oscar on the farm and raised their two children, Robert (born Dec. 23, 1947) and Orland (Oct. 20, 1951).
Oscar and Minnie remained on the farm after Oscar semi-retired from active farming in 1983. They purchased a house in Pollock in 1997 and were just getting ready to move in when Oscar died on Oct. 31, 1997. Minnie moved in one year later and resided there until the spring of 2004, when a fall, resulting in a broken femur bone and other implications, meant she had to move elsewhere. Following surgery she moved to Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge. After a year and half of rehabilitation there, she went to Prairie Sunset Village in Mobridge. She moved to the Strasburg Care Center on Aug. 1, 2011, where she resided until the time of her death.
Minnie was a 4-H leader for several years. She was an active member of Pollock Lutheran Church, holding various positions in the Church Women organization and serving as church treasurer. After moving to Pollock, she was a member of the Sr. Thursday Study Club and the Birthday Club. She was also a member of the Pollock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 272 for 46 years, where she held several offices, including president. Minnie also wrote the Gale-Hillsdale news for the Pollock Pioneer and later the Prairie Pioneer for many years.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in law, Robert and Nancy Geigle of Green Bay, Wis., and Orland and Waynette Geigle of Pollock; three grandchildren, Shawn and Danielle Geigle of Baltic, Kristin and Russ Schick of Hazelton, N.D., and Danlyn and Jared Vander Wal of Bismarck, N.D.; seven great-grandchildren, Addison and Kinley Geigle, Summer, Emma, Brady and Trevor Schick, and Teagen Vander Wal; one brother, Martin Ankerson of Herreid; two sisters-in-law, Helen Ankerson of Sioux Falls and Margaret Geigle of Strasburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Minnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Oscar, brother Arthur and sister-in-law Marian Ankerson.
Memories and condolences may be shared at the Myers Funeral Home website, www.myersfh.com.