Dale M. Ringeisen-Gildow, 63, died Aug. 1, 2018, under hospice care at Green Hills Community in West Liberty. As in life, Dale was supported and surrounded by her husband, Jimmie Gildow, family and friends — including Dale’s Peeps Fight Club — as she confronted and fought cancer for 19 months. Dale donated her body to OSU cancer research.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jimmie; brothers, Dan (Mary) Ringeisen and Mark Ringeisen; and her twin sister, Gale Ringeisen.
Dale was born April 5, 1955, in Lafayette, Ind., to Leo B. and Victoria J. Munson Ringeisen. She graduated from Wainwright High School in 1973 and attended Indiana State University for two years
In February 1999, Dale married James M. Gildow and moved to Belle Center. In 2002 she joined the staff of Whitmore House, where, with her love of cooking and floral design, she served many delicious and beautiful selections. She loved weddings and was delighted to do the flowers and prepare the food. Many a bride went down the aisle with Dale telling her to “smile and hold your flowers just so!”
Crafts were another love, and she prepared beautiful gift baskets, wreaths and wall hangings to sell at craft shows. Qne of her favorites was with her friend Ruth, owner of Frozen Creek Farms in Belmont, Mich. Many of Jimmie’s friends in Belle Center were able to give nice holiday gifts to their wives because of her talents.
She loved creating recipes, country gardening, Roger Federer, barn cats, Elvis, PBS scientific programming, NHRA drag racing and barbershop harmony. Dale was a member of Sweet Adelines and performed often with her quartet before moving to Ohio. Her true barbershop passion was for Capital City Chorus in Indianapolis, her sister’s chorus. She was their biggest fan and served in many roles supporting the entire organization.
ln lieu of flowers (that she would have wanted to rearrange anyway), memorial donations could be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, Elston Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Ind., and Sweet Adelines International — or raise a glass and celebrate (with just the right amount of sassy reverence) all the good in this life!
The life well led will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Elston Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Ind., where the family will greet celebrants beginning at 3 p.m. Her Ohio family and friends will hold a celebration of life Sept. 15 at Main Street Tavern in Belle Center.
Loved by sooo many.
God speed, Dale.