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Annabelle “Annie” Leona Geske

December 29, 2020 | 12 comments

Annabelle “Annie” Leona (Moore) Geske, 94, of Galesville passed away peacefully on December 26, 2020 with family by her side.

She was born on June 24, 1926 to Frank and Carrie (Exley) Moore. She married Walter “Wally” Geske on May 21, 1948. They lived on Main Street in Onalaska until 1959 and then moved to Galesville, WI.

Annie had a deep and abiding love of her Lord and Savior which gave her great confidence she would be reunited with her family again in Heaven. Due to her loving ways, Annie excelled at being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She took part in homemakers, was a 4H leader, and taught Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed helping people and volunteered for many civic events. She worked at the AutoLite in La Crosse, The Canning Company in Galesville, and was a cook at Marinuka Manor. Annie continued living on their farm in rural Galesville after Wally’s death. She later became a resident at Marinuka Manor where she enjoyed bingo, word games, crafts, listening to music (especially Jim Reeves) and eating Cheetos and grapes. She had a wonderful relationship with the staff and fellow residents at Marinuka Manor. Above all else, family was the most important part of her life. She had the ability to make each family member feel they were extremely special. Annie Geske was a true blessing to all who knew her.

Annie is survived by her children, Earl (Mary Kay) Geske, Karen Schams, Dave (Mary Mac) Geske, Rick (Lisa) Geske; grandchildren Dawn (Gary) Bender, Carrie (Corey) Carter, Lisa Schams, Lindsey (Brian) Duwell, Karl Geske, Emily Geske, Alissa (Denis) Desgroseilliers, Elise Geske; great-grandchildren LeAnna Bender, Allison Bender, Neil Bender, Leo Carter, Remi Schams, Leni Duwell, Christine Fuchs, Coltyn Literski, Cayden Literski, Carter Brenson; Special family Mary Belisle, Leo Schams, and Courtney (Helen) Kotlarz; sister Mary Bess; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wally; parents, Frank and Carrie Moore; 7 siblings; and grandchildren, Neil Schams and Dana Geske.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Marinuka Manor care providers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galesville, WI.

A private funeral will be held for her family. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Arnie Hertel

    Prayers and thoughts go out to all families. Annie was a special person to all of her family in their own special way. May God bless her and her family and may they find comfort in all of the fond and great memories of Annie, known as their mom, grandmother, sister, aunt and many other wonderful names she was remembered by.

  2. Sara Hendrickson

    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Annie. We have many fond memories of trips to Door County, Boulder Junction, and the Galesville farm with Earl and Mary. I am so happy she got to be with her loved ones during the end of her life. What a true blessing💕

  3. Cindy Parker

    Such a beautiful woman inside and out with a heart of gold. She will be remembered fondly.

  4. Donna Springer

    Dear Earl, Karen, Dave and Rick and family,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful Mom.
    Aunt Annie truly was a blessing to all who were lucky enough to know and be loved by her.
    Bob and Donna Springer

  5. Marilyn Heinz

    Anne was a special lady and will be missed by many.

  6. Jackie

    What an honor it was to know Annie! I didn’t know her but for a few years but she and the family made me feel like “one of the family “.
    I will miss her smiling face, big hugs and bingo games.
    Jackie Auer
    Marinuka volunteer

  7. Michelle Young

    My Condolences to the Geske family, Annie was such a very special person. One of my most favorite people ever. We met at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church and she always treated me and my family as if we were hers. We were transplants to Galesville and loved the time we spent there and most importantly the people we are lucky enough to call friends. She was an absolute treasure. Prayers for all of the family ❤️❤️ The Young family

  8. Donna Evenson

    Our condolences to Annie’s family🙏 She was a beautiful person inside and out🌺. I enjoyed my time working with her at Marinuka Manor, and remember fun times with her as a 4-H leader.

    • Dorie

      We loved the Annie stories. Especially stopping at Coney Island. Much love and peace to you all.

  9. Adam DeMars

    I was introduced to Grandma Annie through my friendship with Dawn and Gary. Annie’s grace and kindness reminded me so much of my own mom. Even though we spent little time together, I fondly treasure the time that we did. I wish the family health,time, and peace of mind during this difficult time. In the words from a Jim Reeve’s song;
    May the good Lord bless and keep you, till we meet again.
    May you walk with sunlight shining, and a bluebird in every tree.
    May there be a silver lining, back on every cloud you see.
    Fill your dreams with sweet tomorrows, never mind what might have been.
    May the good Lord bless and keep you, till we meet again.

  10. Mary Irish

    I remember Annie and Wally from St Paul’s and St. Marks church in Onalaska, even as a young girl I could tell she was a woman of God. I was confirmed with Earl and Dan worked with Dave. We send our love and prayers to your family.

  11. Ellen Heitman

    Annie was a very generous and sweet woman but the thing that stood out the most, for me, was her smile! It welcomed me every time I saw her and always made me feel welcome when visiting the farm. She loved, and was loved, by those who knew her and what greater gift can we receive? Love and deep condolences to Earl, Mary and all the family. Ellen and Mark and family


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