Phyllis “Lucille” Giesbrecht
Dec. 1932 – Nov. 2018
Phyllis “Lucille” Giesbrecht passed away peacefully on November 15, 2018, surrounded by her family, at Grace Home, in Livingston. She was 85. Lucille was born at home in December of 1932 in Cimarron, Kansas to Jonas and Martha (Koehn) Ratzlaff. When she was seven, her family moved to Livingston and settled in a home on Peach Avenue.
Lucille graduated from Livingston High School in 1951. She was a natural athlete and was a member of the Girl’s Athletic Association her sophomore through senior years. Lucille grew up singing and was a member of the Glee club all four years of high school.
Lucille married Quentin Giesbrecht on June 17, 1951. God blessed them with five children, Kathy (Dexter Koehn), Denise (Fred Jenkins) and a set of triplets born on Christmas Eve, Karol (Bob Sousa) Kim (Kevin Ford) and Kevin (Lydia)
Lucille was kept busy raising her children, cooking, baking, and sewing until Quentin experienced poor health and she had to work outside of the home. She took a part time job as a cook at Grace Home and also worked at Cornet Variety Store in Atwater, managing the store for 10 years. In 1982, Quentin passed away, and Lucille’s job at Cornet ended. She eventually got a job at Bank of America working as a teller until she retired at 68.
Lucille continued to keep busy after retirement. She drove her little Toyota up until age 80, but she loved to walk and would often be seen walking around Turlock. She spent many years volunteering her time at Emanuel Hospital, MedicAlert, and Turlock Christian Schools. Lucille loved children and especially enjoyed volunteering at the church nurseries of Calvary Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Turlock, and the daycare her daughter and son in-law owned.
Lucille was well-known for her ease of conversations, even with those she did not know. She had a wonderful smile and feisty sense of humor. She was a proud and independent woman with an unwavering faith in God.
In addition to her five children, Lucille’s siblings include Wilbur (Barbara) Ratzlaff, Jim (Alice) Ratzlaff, Margaret (Gary) Shannon, Lois (Charles) Wine, Lyn (Ron) Giesbrecht and Steve (Diane) Ratzlaff. Lucille has 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren who love her dearly. She loved and adored her children and her grandchildren and stayed busy with family events, camping, and planning the family get-togethers for birthdays and holidays. Because she had loved sports in high school, she enjoyed playing volleyball and softball and tennis with family and friends as long as she could. Lucille was the heart of her family and her smiles, laughter, and joking will never be forgotten.
Those family members who greeted Lucille in heaven include her loving husband, her parents and brother Wilber Ratzlaff, and brother-in-law Charles Wine.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. at Allen Mortuary. The Funeral Service will also take place at Allen Mortuary at 10 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2018. Interment will immediately follow at Winton Cemetery. Please share your memories on this website.