Gertrude Haugstad

Gertrude Minerva (Myhre) Haugstad, age 96, of Spring Grove passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

She was born on September 18, 1916 on a farm near Caledonia, Minn. The doctor came to the house to deliver her. She was confirmed at Wilmington Lutheran Church on November, 30, 1932. She attended her early school years at Wilmington townhall in rural Caledonia. She graduated from high school in 1936. She lived different places in the area, helping people out on farms that she knew needed help. Gert did a lot of babysitting because she loved children. She had a kind heart, always helping somebody. Following graduation, she worked as a nanny for a doctor in Minneapolis.

She married Enster Haugstad on Saturday, Oct. 3, 1942 at Wilmington Lutheran Church.

She worked at Mansfield and Control Data in Spring Grove, and for many years at the Spring Grove Hospital.

She enjoyed quilting and sewing carpet rags for making rugs. She was very active in her church and held many different offices. She never forgot to read her Bible which was always on the table. She prayed for everybody and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Gwen (Jon) Allen, Mabel, Minn.; Carol Arneson (Don Schatz),  Cresco, Iowa; Lois (Randal) Poshusta, Calmar, Iowa and  Keith (Carolyn) Haugstad, Spring Grove; grandchildren Jody Roberts, Robert Arneson, Heather (Bryan) Billmyer, Heidi Arneson, Andrea (Mark) Knutson, Jeremy (Kathleen) Poshusta, Aaron Poshusta, Katie (Ryan) Teslow and Emily (Osei Owusu) Haugstad; great-grandchildren Chris Rogich,  Adam Rogich, Kayla Arneson, Brandon Arneson, Taylor Arneson, Christopher Knutson, Jenna Knutson, Calvin Knutson Joshua Knutson, Hudson Poshusta, Allie Billmyer, Ashlyn Billmyer and Tavaris Arneson. Surviving siblings are Irene Rostvold, Ruth Ostlie and brother Leland Myhre and sister-in-law Shirley Myhre.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Enster, and her son Byron, she was preceded in death by her sisters Stella, Viola and Lillian and Gilma in infancy, three brothers, Arnold, Oren, and Andrew, five sisters-in-law, and seven brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at Wilmington Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove. Burial will be in the Wilmington Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Neal Solomonson will officiate. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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