Arlene Burdess Giegling


March 9, 1925 - September 8, 2013


Arlene Burdess Giegling was born on March 06, 1925 at Emery SD to Bert and Arlie Byrd Janssen. She was baptized on Mother's Day, 1940, with her niece, Betty Heronimus, her mother, Arlie Byrd Janssen, and her grandmother, Maggie Eller Byrd at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Emery.  She graduated from Emery High School and then worked at the Hanson County Courthouse for several years. On September 6, 1946 she married Donald E. Giegling at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed watching her three grandsons play sports and other activities.  She lovingly cared for her husband, Don for many years after his stroke.

She leaves to morn one son, Stuart and wife Michelle (Tegels) Giegling, three grandsons: Cade, Chase and Cole all of whom she was very proud.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don, parents, Bert & Arlie Janssen and two sisters, Margaret Janssen Heronimus and Berniece Janssen whom died at 18 months of age.

Arlene will be greatly missed by her family, nieces and nephews.


None Scheduled


Saturday, November 2, 2013
2:00 PM
Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church
Emery, South Dakota


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Betty Eilts on October 22, 2013
She was my idol. She would polish my finger nails when I was little, and always took me uptown for rides when Emery had their celebrations. She wrote me that one year I even begged her not to take me on anymore because I was sick of riding. She called often and was so caring and loving.
Melvin tells of the time we had a layover in Phoenix on a REA convention trip, and he was bragging to the guys that when we got off the plane in Phoenix, this beautiful woman would rush up to him annd give him a big hug and kiss. The guys laughed and thought he was telling them a story. Well, when we got off the plane, Aunt Arlene rushed up and gave him the kiss and a big hug. The guys stood there dumb-founded and wanted to know how he knew that would be. He then explained she was my aunt and he knew she was going to meet us. She was such a loving aunt.
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