Carol Jean Riesinger loved to read, knit, crochet, and to create art with her hands. She was passionate about her career in nursing, learning new things, and travel.

“Her mind was as sharp as a tack, and she was reading till the very last day. She was reading a book and talking to my brother on Skype,” said her daughter Christy Quigley.

Riesinger died Oct. 22. She was 84.


Riesinger visited Florida and New York fresh out of high school, Hawaii during her tenure as a nurse, several tourist destinations throughout the U.S. on family trips, and finally Scotland, France, and England with her son later in life.

Quigley recalled stories that her mother would share of growing up in Ohio out in the country. Riesinger shared how she would run and play around on her family’s farm, made little dolls out of flowers, pumped water from a well, and watched her grandmother bake from scratch on an old stove.

“She had a true farm-life experience, but it was being around all of her family that was important to her,” Quigley said.

After graduating from high school, Riesinger pursued a career in nursing, married her high school sweetheart and moved to San Antonio to start a family.

“They were married after she finished nursing school,” said Quigley. “My dad was doing basic training in Lackland. That is how we ended up in San Antonio.”

Riesinger’s mother died in an accident so she raised her brother William Gibson, who was 15 at the time.

“She was like a surrogate mother to me,” Gibson said.

Riesinger was a private duty nurse for some time in San Antonio until her husband was stationed in Alaska and took the family with him.

When they returned to San Antonio, she began work at Robert B. Greene County Hospital, and when Methodist Hospital opened at South Texas Medical Center, she started working there and never left.

“She was there at the open of the hospital and stayed there until retirement. She loved her job,” said Quigley. “She ended up the assistant head nurse of the operating and holding room. She loved nursing. She had a certain compassion that came from the Lord.”

Eventually, Riesinger divorced and supported her children alone.

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Carol Jean Riesinger

Born: Apr. 4, 1933, Coolville, Ohio

Died: Oct. 22, 2017, San Antonio

Preceded by: Parents Sherlie and Lillian Gibson; brother Richard “Jim” Gibson.

Survived by: daughters, Karen Marie Riesinger and Christy A. Quigley (Bill); sons, Grant E. Riesinger III and Eric L. Riesinger (Phila); brothers William O. Gibson (Anna) and Sherlie Donald Gibson; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services: Memorial service, 7 p.m., Monday at Porter Loring North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, 78232.

“She was a kind, caring, and strong person. She raised four children on her own after her husband left and was able to operate independently,” Gibson said.

“We were not rich, but my mother loved us very much,” said her son Eric Riesinger. “She worked a lot of overtime and somehow was able to spend time with us also.”

Riesinger suffered from several ailments throughout her life, and her daughter recalls that she was a steadfast “prayer warrior” through it all.

“She stayed humble when God would answer,” said Quigley. “My mom was very thankful for the precious friends, family, and life that she got to live.”

caleman@express-news.net