Ruth was the daughter of LeRoy Martin and Pauline Augusta (Timmerman) Dobricka, was born Aug. 24, 1927 in Sutherland. Her childhood years were spent in Sutherland, where she received her education graduating from Sutherland High School in 1945.
In 1945, she was married to Bill Gillespie, who passed away during World War II.
On Dec. 14, 1947, she married John Giese in Sutherland. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm near Sutherland, where Ruth worked as a housewife and farmhand until 1968, when she began work at Lundell Manufacturing in Cherokee.
In 1972, she began work at Wilson & Co., where she retired as Purchasing Agent in 1998. Ruth served on the Sutherland City Council for many years, and belonged to many clubs and organizations in the area her entire life. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Sutherland.
In her free time, Ruth was an avid league golfer and bowler. She also read books non-stop. She liked to travel and spent a lot of time at the family cabin at the Lakes. Ruth was always available for her family and friends if she was needed for anything. Ruth also raised, pampered, and spoiled many small dogs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; a brother, Orlow; a sister, Marjorie and a grandson, Barry.
She is survived by her seven children: Janice Means of Schereville, Ind., Alan and Barb Giese of River Falls, Wis., Nancy Riedemann of Spencer, Bob and Lori Giese of Paullina, Jeri James of Denver, Colo., Gayle Giese of Sutherland and Lynne Finley of Round Rock, Texas; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.