Jolean Gladys (Giesler) Faaborg was born on September 7, 1942 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Ronald and Gladys (Teague) Giesler. She was baptized on January 10, 1943 in Oelwein, Iowa. She was later confirmed in May 1954 in Spencer, Iowa. Growing up in Iowa her family moved multiple times over the years till finally settling in Humboldt, Iowa where she graduated from high school in 1960. After graduation, Jolean went to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the College of Medical Technology. After graduation, Jolean moved to Tyler, Minnesota where she worked at the A. L. Vadheim Memorial Hospital as an x-ray and laboratory technician. On April 28, 1963, Jolean was united in marriage to Dennis Faaborg at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. The couple moved to California in 1964 where Jolean worked as x-ray and laboratory technician for Dr. Ely. In 1970 they moved to Marshall, Minnesota for a year before moving to the Christensen farm which was Dennis's family farm to be dairy farmers. Jolean still worked as an x-ray and laboratory technician till 1978. It was at that time that she began working full time milking cows alongside Dennis. After selling the cows in 1990, Jolean went back to working off the farm at the Marshall Hospital, Minnesota Corn Processors, VeraSun and as the Danebod church secretary before retiring. On Saturday, January 14, 2023, Jolean passed away unexpectedly at the Avera Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 80.
Jolean was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler where she was a member of the ladies quilting group, Danish Folk Meeting and the WELCA, of which she was also the President. She took great joy in mentoring many confirmation students. She was also on the Church Council and Danebod Village board. Jolean stayed busy delivering Meals on Wheels and library books to shut ins. She was also the Marshfield Township clerk and election judge. In her younger years Jolean had also been a 4-H leader and ADA board member.
Jolean enjoyed watching RTR volleyball, basketball and football games. She also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and South Dakota State University games. Though nothing gave Jolean greater joy than her family.
Jolean is lovingly remembered by her children, Denise (Bert) Jones of Suffolk, Virginia, Julie (Jim) Koester of Manson, Iowa and Jason Faaborg of New Ulm, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Zach and Kate; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Cooper; brothers, Dennis Giesler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and George Giesler of Sheldahl, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis, and her parents, Ronald and Gladys.
Memorials are preferred and may be directed to:
Danebod Lutheran Church
Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.