Jeanne Elizabeth Gieselman
January 28, 1943 – February 12, 2021
Jeanne Elizabeth (Schlimgen) Gieselman, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully with her family near her side.
Jeanne was born in Great Falls, Montana on January 28, 1943. She graduated from Central Catholic High School and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts at Seattle University. After moving to California to teach Elementary school, she met her Husband of nearly 49 years, Frank Gieselman. Together, Frank and Jeanne built a beautiful home in San Martin, CA and raised three children on their ~3-acre farm, which was once a cherry orchard. Their home has always been a retreat and the foundation of so many valuable memories for their children, their spouses and grandchildren. Being a strong, self-assured, compassionate woman with a zest for life, Jeanne did not hold back. She sought out every opportunity to travel and experience the world with all its gifts God provided. She was passionate about her Faith, Family, Friends and enthusiasm to see the world.
Jeanne’s Catholic faith was very important to her and encompassed all aspects of her life. She lived everyday as a testament to her purpose in God’s plan. As a parishioner of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church for nearly 45 years, she dedicated much of her time to ministries such as Eucharistic Minister to the sick, Reachout, Birthright and much more. Her faith was celebrated and strengthened as she openly shared her experiences and sought to learn from everyone she served.
Jeanne took pride in her family and worked very hard to encourage, support, and nurture every one of them. After years in education administration, Frank and Jeanne made a bold decision for Jeanne to continue to teach K-3 grade, becoming the sole bread winner, while Frank returned full time to college to achieve a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Jeanne then left teaching to help Frank establish and manage a successful Chiropractic business in Morgan Hill for almost 20 years. Through the entire time, Jeanne maintained the family responsibilities at home, being sure to be there for all the children’s activities; school event, sports practices and games, piano lessons, 4-H meetings and more. Once Frank retired, Jeanne returned to teach as a Kindergarten teacher in the Morgan Hill School District until she retired in 2002.
Traveling was a passion Jeanne embraced throughout her life. She has enjoyed trips all around the world with friends, her children and Frank. She has looked out from the top of the Eiffel Tower, attended mass celebrated by the Pope John Paul VI, kissed the Blarney Stone, walked through St. Peter’s Square, rode an elephant and an ostrich in Africa, toasted and “broke the glass” in a Russian restaurant in Belgium, belly danced with a famous Egyptian dancer, strolled through Scotland Yard, cruised the Venice Canals in a gondola, and always made new friends along the way – many whom she stayed in touch with for years.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Frank Gieselman, their three children, Scott Gieselman, Julie (Gowett) George and Beckie Wood and their six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the St. Catherine Church “Preserving our Past, Providing for our Future-Capital Campaign” in her name.
A Celebration of Life for Jeanne is intended to be held this Summer. Please follow the link “Receive Notification” link below to provide your contact information to receive updates on Jeanne’s event.
Jeanne Elizabeth Gieselman
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March 17, 2021
Frank, we cannot begin to express our sorrow for you and your family upon learning of Jeanne's home going. I can use that phrase with confidence because I know how much Jeanne loved Jesus and just how important her faith was to her and how it informed all of her decisions. As you know, Frank, in 1969+ Jeanne and I were roommates along with Carolyn in Mountain View, California. We were the closest of friends and confidants and Jeanne was very instrumental in leading me back to Christ at a crisis point in my life. She contacted a friend who was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ who came to talk with me and it was this loving intervention by Jeanne that got me back on track with God and heading in the direction He had for my life. Jeanne ("Little Jeanne" as we always called her) was love and kindness personified. She was seldom without a smile and was always there for me and anyone else who could use a little help and encouragement. I never knew anyone quite like her. In many ways we were so different, but one thing I knew even back then... Jeanne was someone I really wanted to emulate. I wanted my faith to be as strong as hers and I wanted to have the deeper love for others that I saw in her daily. I will never forget you, Jeanne! I was so blessed to have had you in my life for so many years. Frank... you, Scott, Julie and Becky and their families are and will continue to be in our prayers. May God surround you with His love, peace and comfort and the hope that is yours in Christ...With our love and deepest sympathy, Pat and Lou
March 6, 2021
I know how much Jeanne will be missed. My prayers continue for her and especially for you, Frank, Scott, Julie, and Becky, and the whole family. I know she is in heaven resting in the Lord's presence. Maybe her and Biz can get re-acquainted again. Blessings and prayers. George
February 22, 2021
Jeanne was most definitely a vital touchstone for the James/Charvet clan. Family gatherings at her farm enabled strong social and spiritual bonding that I still remember and draw from. She was most loving and kind to Grandma James, Uncle Lee and Aunt Genny. I remember her being a faithful Catholic, an encouraging friend, and a welcoming party hostess. I admired her amazing ability to multitask and organize on so many levels. She was sincere, smart, fun, nurturing, always maintaining a core of inherent common sense. Truly an amazing person. We are all better off for having known her. My deepest condolences go to Frank and her immediate family.
February 22, 2021
Jeanne was such an important part of my life, I will deeply miss her. When I was in elementary school, she had me as a visitor in her classroom, we traveled together, we spent many evenings just visiting, playing HOT dice, enjoying holidays together. She was a mentor to me, my heart is broken - RIP Jeanne! 💔
Bobbie (Barbara) Doran Beaudreau
February 21, 2021
Jeanne and I were roommates for 4 years at Seattle University. We’ve had contact, though infrequent, over the years. Jeanne was fun loving and faith filled when we were in school. I’m so sorry to see this post. I’m rarely on FB but glad I looked today. Blessings and heartfelt prayers to Frank and family. I know she loved you dearly.
February 21, 2021
I'm so sad to hear this. She was always so kind and fun to talk to in the parking lot of St. Catherine’s, when our kids were growing up. All my love sent to the family....💔
Doris (Dore) Charvet-Jackson
February 19, 2021
Jeanne was the cousin I looked up to in my teen years! She graduated from Seattle University the year I entered as we were born 4 years apart. Living in San Francisco, Jeanne would visit to go shopping and she became my mentor in dressing as she always looked smart and lovely and was a disciplined shopper!
But most of all , Jeanne's strong Catholic faith was the binding force between us throughout the years. Jeanne was always very interested in those around her, asking powerful questions that made you think, which I think added to her influence as a teacher and a loving Mom. I miss Jeanne greatly, but know she is now in the company of Our Lord.
Art and Cindy Ries
February 18, 2021
Jeanne was a very special cousin and we so enjoyed traveling with her and Frank. We had some good times and laughs together. We also enjoyed their 40th anniversary party on the beach. What a wonderful family they raised and we know Jeanne will be so missed but since her faith was so strong, we know she is exploring heaven now. May God comfort you Frank, Scott, Julie, Beckie and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!