Kathleen Gieber, 81

Kathleen Gieber, 81, of Three Rivers passed onto eternal life at home restfully with family on  June 2, 2013.

Her Flesh is now her spirit. May Kathleen’s spirit live on in all whom she has touched .

Kathleen was born August 3, 1931 to Leonard and Alice (Stieger) O’Connor in Detroit, Michigan.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Alice, Brother’s Harvey, Bob, and Sisters , Ilene , and Charlotte . Jack O’Connor the surviving brother resides in Florida .

Kathleen was married to Delmar O. Gieber for 59 years. They have 6 children, Dennis, Cherie, John, Craig, Roger and Kimberly , Grand Children , Joe and Kim McElroy (Alex, Connor, Tristan, Tucker) John Gieber (Zachary, Hilary) , Cherie and Kent Skaggs (Allison) Odie and Candy Ziesmer ( Skyler, Logan, Drew ).

Kathleen was a graduate of Assumption Grotto Elementary and Dominican All Girls High School. She also attended Wayne State University and studied art.

Kathleen and Delmar Gieber made their home at 1015 5th Street, Three Rivers in 1954. She was an active housewife, devoted mother, a frequent babysitter to the neighborhood children and took care of the elderly in her family community.

Kathleen’s charitable acts were unparalleled. She was always there for those less fortunate and in need of help, a behavior learned from her mother Alice. Her interest in helping others led to broad support for her to run for Mayor of Three Rivers. (Only the second woman in the history of Three Rivers) She was proud to serve her community, but this was not what defined her as a woman. Her strength was her independence as a woman and her determination to follow her own path.

Kathleen was notably recognized as an entrepreneur for her business known throughout the area as K Sales, a private and individually developed estate sale business in which she was involved with for 28 years. Prior to that she developed home properties, long before flipping was a term. She also contracted privately as an office cleaning lady for various businesses within the Three Rivers community.

Kathleen always found time to assist the Immaculate Conception School with playground duties, bake sales, convent and rectory cleaning, and fundraisers for books and teaching materials.

Funeral Mass to be Held June 11,2013 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church, Three Rivers, Michigan. There will be a graveside memorial service for immediate family as Kathleen requested. Her independent and caring spirit will be with all who knew her as friend. May she forever be with her family here and in heaven. May her suffering be turned to joy, and may she forever be in the hearts of her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Peace be with you wife, mother, friend, aunt, sister, grandmother, daughter, lady and mentor. Memorial contributions may be made to TRAM or City of Three Rivers/Gieber Park Upkeep & Maintenance. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

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