May 6, 2013


Ada Riesselman, 85 of Carroll, died early Friday morning, May 3, 2013, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson.

Pianist will be Jane Heithoff. Music will be provided by Ada's granddaughters Anna Belzer, Kristel Leib and husband Steven and Jake Gute.

Lectors will be Ada's granddaughter Michelle Riesselman-Harrah and Ada's grandson-in-law Dan Belzer.

Gift bearers will be Ada's great-grandchildren Alexa and Ethan Riesselman, Aubrey and Caleb Belzer and Vincent Prine. Honorary casket bearers will be Ada's granddaughters Rachael Schreck, Leah Riesselman, Kristina Riesselman, Kelly Riesselman, Lindsey Riesselman and Michelle Riesselman-Harrah.

Casket bearers will be Ada's grandsons Erik Riesselman, Chad Riesselman, Kurt Riesselman and Isaac Riesselman, Ada's grandson-in-law Chad Schreck, and Ada's nephew Mike Conway.

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 3:30 p.m. Monday. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 6:30.

The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9 a.m. Tuesday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Ada's family at

Born July 5, 1927, at Cambridge, Ada Alice was a daughter of Roy and Marion (Tomlinson) Gill. She spent her younger years in the Cambridge community where she received her schooling.

Following her schooling she moved to Carroll and began working at Ocoma Foods. On Sept. 25, 1947, Ada married Lawrence Riesselman at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Carroll. The couple made their home in the Carroll community where she raised her four sons and later worked as a cook at Sts. Peter and Paul and Kuemper Schools. Ada was then employed at General Electric in Carroll for 10 years until her retirement.

Ada enjoyed shopping, her flower garden, and the holidays, especially Christmas. Her greatest joy was her entire family. Ada was a member of Holy Spirit Church in Carroll.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence of Carroll; her sons: David Riesselman and wife Karen of Lake View, Dennis Riesselman and wife Sue of Willey, Allan Riesselman and wife Cindy of Dedham, and Michael Riesselman and wife Connie of Willey; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Walter Riesselman of Vail, Regina Frischmeyer of Glidden, Andrew (JoAnn) Riesselman of Carroll, Leonard (Donna) Riesselman of Halbur, Alice Christiansen of Denison, Kathryn (Bob) Curnyn of Denison, Vernon (Betty) Riesselman of Halbur, Dolores Riesselman of Carroll, Edith Riesselman of Kansas City, and Linda Riesselman of Omaha; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended relatives.

Ada was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: Eileen Barton, Lela Carpenter, Bette McNary, Helen O'Mara, and Grace Conway; and her brothers: Edward and Walter Gill.