Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, July 12 at 12:00 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Fisher, MN with Father Dave Super celebrating. Internment will be in
Greenwood Catholic Cemetery.
Leola Marion Wallnofer Geisen, 95, of Mentor, MN passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2018with family by her side in Florence, Ariz. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, July 12 at 12:00 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Fisher, MN with Father Dave Super celebrating. Internment will be in
Greenwood Catholic Cemetery.
Leola M. Wallnofer was born on July 13, 1922 in Fisher, Minn. to parents Leo and Charlotte Marion (Grove) Wallnofer. Leola started out her life living above the blacksmith shop, as her father was Fisher’s town blacksmith. Later they moved to a farm just outside of Fisher, along the Red River. Leola's mother,
Lottie, passed away at the young age of 27 from consumption (TB). Leo was left to raise Leola and her sister, Margie. Leola grew up on the farm and attended Fisher School until graduating in 1940. She then attended and graduated with bookkeeping and secretarial degrees from Aakers Business College in East Grand Forks.
Leola was united in marriage to James Valentine (Klier) Geisen on May 7, 1941 and their marriage was blessed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, MN. After their marriage, they lived in East Grand Forks where Leola worked at the creamery as bookkeeper while Jim was stationed overseas in the service during WWII..
In Minnesota, they lived in Fisher, Mentor, Fosston and also in Thief River Falls, where Leola partnered with her husband and worked as a bookkeeper at their credit and collections bureau. In retirement, they enjoyed winters in Loveland, CO and Apache Junction, AZ. Leola and Jim happily celebrated 67 years of
marriage, only being parted the three years while he was overseas. Jim passed away on July 7, 2008.
Throughout the following years, Leola spent time with her family in MN, CO and AZ. Leola had a passion and talent as an artist, working in oils and watercolor. She won many ribbons at the Fertile Fair and other art exhibits. She was an accomplished bridge player, and even at the age of 95, continued to play bridge with her lifelong friends in their bridge club. She was a talented seamstress and sewed her daughters' clothing and made cozy blankets. She enjoyed rocking babies as she loved children. Besides working outside of the home, she canned the best dill pickles, made delicious Norwegian Christmas treats, cooked healthy meals, and loved to dance with Jim. They made a graceful couple on the dance floor.
Leola’s pride and joy was her family. Leola’s amazing legacy to her family: kindness, strength, humor, dedication and love of family. She was a woman of grace, dignified, classy, nurturing, comforting, loving, giving and forgiving. She had a quiet but never the less deep faith and devotion to God and was a bright light to guide her family.
Survivors include her sister, Margie (Wallnofer) Acklen, Deckerd, TN; four children, Kris (Sharon) Geisen, Bemidji, MN; Rebecca Geisen Larson, Menahga, MN; Debora (Don) Geisen Ley, Canon City, CO; Jill (Jesse) Geisen Clack, Park Rapids, MN; grandchildren Shannon, Brandon, Kristin, Brett, Jed, Jacent, Jeremy, Samantha, Andrew, Adam, Morgan; great-grandchildren Maeve, Nora, Ronia, Dana, Leo, Travis, Tabitha, Savanna, Sierra, Madelyn, Olivia, Jackson, Joseph, Lauren, Kelsey, Dylan, Owen, Rylen, Ally, Hailey, and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
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