Geraldine W. Teske, 89, of Racine, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, of natural causes at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where she had been a resident for two days.

Geraldine Mae Witt was born on Jan. 17, 1924, at South Ridge, Houston County, to Benjamin and Gertrude (Arnett) Witt. She grew up on the family farm, before moving with her family to Iowa as a young girl. She lived at various places, moving with her family in response to her father's pastoral assignments to different churches. She attended high school in Fairmont, Minn., graduating in 1942. She then attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, where she received her teaching degree. She taught for one year at a one-room schoolhouse in rural Truman, Minn. She was married on July 9, 1944, in Blue Earth, Minn., to Milton P. Teske.

The couple farmed near Truman, then moved to Spring Valley in 1949 where they farmed until 1962. They lived in the area before moving to Stewartville in 2003. Upon her husband's death, Mrs.Teske moved to Racine in 2005. She was a homemaker. Later she was employed at the Swygman Nursing Home in Stewartville and at Charter House in Rochester for over 10 years, until her retirement in 2001. During this time she also ran an elder care service from her home in rural Spring Valley.

She was a member of Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Racine, where she was active in its Ladies Aid and later became a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, sewing, reading, listening to music and playing the piano. Mrs. Teske enjoyed keeping busy, visiting friends and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, James (Elaine) of Spring Valley, John (Carol) of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Joel of Grand Meadow; two adopted sons, Jared Teske and Justin Teske; seven grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Teske, Daniel (Victoria Lappe) Teske, Karri (Eric) Lohmann, Joshua (Elizabeth) Teske, Amanda Teske, Jared (Bobbi-Jean Kelly) Teske; Justin (Krista) Teske and nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Ann (James) Marshall of Grand Rapids, Minn., Leslie (Edward) Kesser of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Barbara Witt (Neil Chewning) of Richmond, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton, and her parents.

The funeral service was Tuesday, July 16, at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Norman Witt officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. The Teske family suggests memorials to Mayo Hospice and Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.