Obituaries for Thursday, November 1, 2007

2007-11-01T00:00:00Z Obituaries for Thursday, November 1, 2007Daily News staff Winona Daily News
November 01, 2007 12:00 am  • 

Hilda Clara Emma Selmer | Peter J. Speerstra Jr. | William F. Gannaway | Edward G. 'Red' Hayes | Jerry E. Holstad | Allen Rostad

Hilda Clara Emma Selmer

May 21, 1914 - Oct. 24, 2007

FRANCESVILLE, Ind. - Hilda Clara Emma Selmer, 93, of Francesville, died at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

She was born May 21, 1914, in Medaryville, Ind., to the late Henry and Martha Teske Tetzloff.

On July 4, 1935, she was united in marriage to William W. Selmer in Medaryville, he died March 29, 1988.

She had resided in Francesville since 1973, moving from Medaryville after she and her husband retired from farming.

Mrs. Selmer was a member of St. James Salem United Church of Christ, Francesville, and a former member of the women's guild of St. Johns United Church of Christ of Medaryville.

She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Surviving are two daughters, Beverly D. (Robert) Stein of Winona and Judith L. (Howard) Cords of Medaryville; grandchildren, Lorie A. (Scott) Brestul, granddaughter, of Winona, Richard W. (Rhonda) Stein, grandson, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Barbara J. (Douglas) Abel, granddaughter, of Eagan, Minn., Pamela S.

(Jeffery) Berg, granddaughter, of Minnetrista, Minn., Debra J. (Gary) Stevens, granddaughter, of Winona, Daniel E. (Lana) Stein, grandson, of Prior Lake, Minn., Brian (Sharon) Cords, grandson, of Medaryville, Becky Cords, granddaughter, of Muncie, Ind.; 14 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and

one stepgreat-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother and two sisters.

Peter J. Speerstra Jr.

Jan. 15, 1928 - Oct. 30, 2007

WHITEHALL, Wis. - Peter Speerstra, 79, of Whitehall died Oct. 30, 2007, at Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the past 11/2 years.

Pete was born Jan. 15, 1928, on the home farm in the town of Lincoln, Trempealeau County, to Peter Sr. and Josephine (Foss) Speerstra. Pete was confirmed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Whitehall, where he remained a life-long member. He graduated from Whitehall Memorial High School in 1946. Peter married Marilyn (Mandy) Hauge on Aug. 26, 1950. They lived and farmed on the home farm until his retirement in 1985.

Pete was a very active member and leader of local community and farm organizations. He was a 4-H leader for 23 years, was a member of the Trempealeau-Jackson County Guernsey Breeders for 40 years, serving as board member and president, and was a member of the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders, serving on the state board and as the state president. Pete was also a member of the Trempealeau County Farm Bureau, serving on their board of directors for many years, and was on the town of Lincoln board of directors for 23 years. He served eight years on the Trempealeau County Board of Supervisors, including three years as chairman. He was president and served on several committees and boards at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Whitehall.

In addition to a busy life of farming, Pete was employed for several years as a dispatcher at the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department, and was also a bus driver for Thompson's Bus Service.

Pete loved meeting people and exchanging stories. He and his wife made many life-long friends over the years. Pete cherished the time he spent with these treasured friends.

Pete is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Mandy); five children, Peter (Sherri), their two children, Matthew and Larissa, of Alma, Wis.; Robert (Kay), his son, Craig, and two step-children, Kelly and Clint Cohan of Whitehall; Beth Cronin (Jim) and their son, Ryan, of Haverhill, Mass.; John "Jack" (Mary) and their children, Mandy, Sam and Mary Pat of Whitehall; Jean Speerstra, Eden Prairie, Minn. He is also survived by two brothers, Seth of River Falls, Wis., and John (Karen) of Randolph Center, Vt.; one sister, Carolyn Caceres of Vancouver, Wash. In addition to his parents, a sister, Maren Donaldson, preceded him in death.

A celebration of Pete's life will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Whitehall at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, with Pastor Thomas W. Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Lincoln Cemetery in Whitehall. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday from at the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall and one hour preceding the service at the church on Saturday morning.

William F. Gannaway

April 1, 1929 - Oct. 31, 2007

William F. Gannaway, born April 1, 1929, in St. Paul, Minn., to James C. and Dulice (Kinshella) Gannaway, died peacefully Oct. 31, 2007, at Winona Community Memorial Hospital.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 in the Philippines during the Korean War, and graduated with a B.S. in forestry from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1957. He worked for both the U.S. and Minnesota Forest Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture before becoming a Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer.

As many remember, he served as the Game Warden for Winona County for 18 years, and as a member of the Winona County Sheriff's Water Patrol. He belonged to the Amateur Radio Club for many years, was an aviation enthusiast, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Elks Club and the American Legion. Bill was known for his sense of honor and duty, dedication to law enforcement, his honesty and his candor.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne English Gannaway.

He is survived by wife Susan Gannaway, and children Patrick, John (Lisa), Elizabeth (Alan), and Wayne (Rebecca), step-sons Kent and Eric (Denise), and many grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. William Becker, officiating. Burial with Military Rites performed by the Leon J. Wetzel American Legion Post 9 will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Martin-Myhre Funeral Home and at the St. Mary's Visitation Commons on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Parish Prayers will be recited at

7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Nature Conservancy/Minnesota, Bill Gannaway Memorial, 1101 West River Parkway, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Edward G. 'Red' Hayes

Oct. 17, 1924 - Oct. 29, 2007

ALTURA, Minn. - Edward G. "Red" Hayes, 83, of Altura, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at his home. Red was born in Superior, Wis., on Oct. 17, 1924, the son of George E. and Mary (Mueller) Hayes.

He was united in marriage to Bernice Drenckhahn on July 26, 1969, at Faith Lutheran Church in Winona.

From 1971 to 1991, he owned and operated the

Red Roost Restaurant in Altura.

Red is a veteran of World War II, seeing action in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division in the Northern Apennines, Po Valley, Italy. For his military bravery he was awarded the Bronze Star.

He is a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Winona; and a member of American Legion Post 9, Winona, and a former member of the Altura Lions Club.

Red is survived by his wife, Bernice of Altura; brother-in-law, Earle (Linda) Drenckhahn of Eyota, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Carol (Jim) Holtz of North Platte, Neb.; seven nieces and nephews, Kathi Drenckhahn, of Canyon City, Colo., Brad (Victoria) Drenckhahn of Crystal, Minn., Aaron (Carrie) Holtz of North Platte, Matthew Holtz of Grant, Neb., Samantha McCrea of North Platte, Daniel (Naomi) Drenckhahn of Rochester, Minn., and Kalonikae Norton of Eyota. Red was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services to celebrate Red's life will be on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Winona, Rev. Mark Dumke officiating. Following the religious services, members of American Legion Post 9, Winona, will conduct military burial rites outside the church.

Friends may call at the church on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Altura Lions Club Scholarship Fund, Altura Ambulance Service, Faith Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Words of sympathy and remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com

Jerry E. Holstad

WHITEHALL, Wis. - Jerry E. Holstad "the Flying Farmer," 67, of rural Whitehall died Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at his home.

Funeral services will be

11 a.m. Saturday at Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church in Pigeon Falls. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by Hutchins-Stendahl American Legion Post 191 of Whitehall.

Friends and family my call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence, Wis., and one hour prior to

services at the church on Saturday.

Allen Rostad

HOUSTON, Minn. - Allen Rostad, 84, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston. Burial will be in Stone Church Cemetery in Houston.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

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