Jinx, as she was known by most, was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Melrose, to Stephan and Myrtle (Shilling) Heffernan. She passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Almost Home Adult Foster Care in Coos Bay, Ore.
A farm outside of Melrose, is where Jinx was born and raised with her eight siblings. On Oct. 12, 1946, she married the love of her life, Russel William Gieseke at Cary Illinois Lutheran Church. Together they raised a son and two daughters. After 65 years of marriage, Russ passed away in 2012.
Enthusiasm and a joy for life and its people, accurately describes Jinx, she knew no strangers. Her passions were obvious, family, church and helping others. She lived her faith, her smile and intimate connection to God were contagious and live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Jinx is survived by her son, Dale Russel Gieseke; daughter, C. Raye Gieseke; and son-in-law, Chester Carter; sister, Gloria “Nell” Hulett; and brother, Dallas Heffernan; grandchildren, Karolin Ruth Gieseke Lyons and husband, Kieran, Chad Stephan Gieseke and wife, Jennifer, Emily Joy Carter Hay and husband, Russel; great-grandchildren, Alex, Isaiah, Jacob, Ethan and Amelia; and a host of nieces, nephews, grand and great-grandnieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russel William Gieseke; daughter, Terry Lyn Gieseke-Mathews; sisters, Belva “Billy” Dutcher, Dorothy “Dot” Schroeder, Lilah “Midge” Olson, Virginia “Jinny” Ball; and brothers, Donald “Don” Heffernan and Delroe Heffernan.
A celebration of life for Phyllis “Jinx” J. Gieseke, 90, will be held with family in Eau Claire, Wis. For more information, please contact daughter, Raye Gieseke, at 541-404-0161.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay, Ore. 97420.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131. Friends and family are encouraged to view the entire obituary and sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com.