Melonia “Babe” Giesel, age 57, of Huron, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Huron Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her special friends and family.  A celebration of life was held at 1:00 PM,  Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Kuhler Funeral Home with her family present. Burial will be in the Earlville Cemetery, at Burr Oak Township.

Melonia Lea Giesel was born June 27, 1961, to Willard Herbert and Sherry Crile (Kelly) Giesel at Miller. When Babe was a year old, the family relocated to the Wilmer, Minnesota area to be near the Rochester Hospital where Babe was receiving medical care. In 1973, the family returned to Highmore where she attended Highmore High School. In 1981, she made Huron her home.

Throughout the years, Babe shared her compassion for others by working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Wessington Springs Nursing Home, Violet Tschetter Memorial Home and SunQuest Health Care Center. At one time, she was also employed at the Huron Regional Medical Center as a cook.

Babe was like a fish in the water, spending the majority of her free time in the summers taking the neighborhood children to the pool and fishing at the lake. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with friends and family around bonfires in the evenings. She loved caring for injured or lost animals and was known to give a stray kitten a home at times. She was a social butterfly with a caring heart. She was a good friend and will be remembered as Auntie Babe by many children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willard Giesel on January 5, 1996 and her mother, Sherry Kelly on February 10, 2010.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her three sisters, Sonia, and her husband, Dan Sullivan of Moorhead, Minnesota, Heather Matheny of Marietta, Ohio and Dawn Rushdan of Blytheville, Arkansas; her long time friend Vaughn Ransom and his son, Brad Ransom; along with many nieces and nephews.

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Will miss you Babe. You could always make me smile. Cindy Badour

You were such a breath of fresh air sad lived freely while also being so kind to everyone. You’ll be missed Babe!! Jamie Fenner

Praying for peace and comfort to Babe's family and close friends. I worked with her many years at the Nursing Home, she was always on the go and fun to work with. God Bless you all, Kathy McDonald

Thanks for the great times all the laughs at work you made working enjoyable. Rest Easy. Wendy Ravenscroft

You will be missed Babe! You had one of the kindest hearts and could always get everybody to laugh. I know you are at rest and having fun with those that have already crossed over. May the Lord provide comfort to those you left behind. Connie Rich

Sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many people. Shaun Songer

You always had a hug ready and could always make me laugh. I will miss the "other" Mel. Melanie Worrall

Sonia, my condolences and prayers for this loss of your beautiful sister. I will continue to pray for healing of your heart, and peace. Love you my friend. Julie Bates

My prayers are with you all. Rest in piece Babe. Jodi Laird

Dawn, Sonia, and Heather, Babe will be missed, but her laughter and memory will be forever. Kathy Miedema

Even though I only met her a few times, I could tell she was special. "she was one cool lady," I say to our mutual friend. Thank you for your laughter and warmth, will miss you. Lisa Peterson

I never saw you very often but you always was so bubbly and full of energy whenever I did see you. You are in God's arms now so, rest in peace. Dot Ransom

I didn't know Babe very long, wish I would've been introduced to her many years before. She was such a hoot and I really enjoyed her company. Tammy Aesoph

Going to miss you Babe. We had some good times with you and Von. You always made it fun. Rest in peace dear friend. Cindy and Joe Collins

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