Lucille Gangestad

Lucille Gangestad

Lucille Irene Gangestad, 95, formerly of Luverne, died Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Kenneth Lutheran Cemetery in Kenneth.

Lucille Kasemodel was born on June 13, 1926, to Herman and Marie (Schmuck) Kasemodel on a farm in Spring Water Township of rural Beaver Creek. At 18 years of age, she graduated from the University of Minnesota at Mankato with a teaching degree. She continued her education and certification from the University of Minnesota at Morris. She began her teaching career in Rock County at a country school and also taught in Hardwick, Beaver Creek and Luverne.

On June 12, 1946, Lucille married Emmett Gangestad at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple settled on a farm in Vienna Township near Luverne. Here they raised their three children.  Emmett farmed and engaged in a trucking business while Lucille taught school. Following a house fire in February of 1984, they moved to a different acreage in Vienna Township.

After 47 years of teaching hundreds of children in various Rock County schools, Lucille retired in 1992 from Luverne Elementary. Her love of teaching led her to begin tutoring students in her home after that.

Emmett died in September of 1997, and Lucille continued to reside on their acreage until 2014 when she became a resident of Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Lucille was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne and belonged to several church circles. She taught Sunday school and had served as the Sunday school superintendent as well as the church librarian. Lucille was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and she loved reading and teaching small children. She was honored to be named Luverne Teacher of the Year in 1990.

She is survived by her two children, Bonnie Carlson and her partner Randy Kahl of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Kelly Gangestad and his wife, Gloria, of Gillette, Wyoming; six grandchildren, Jason Carlson, Jim (Dawn) Carlson, Eric (Lacy) Gangestad, Amber Gangestad, Kevin (Nikki) Hartz, and Erika Menning; eight great-grandchildren, Kyle, Cody, and Kaylee Carlson, Mercedz Kump, Mason Carlson, Janna Read, Miyka Menning, and Kaden Gangestad; two brothers, Robert Kasemodel of Escanaba, Michigan, and Albert (Marge) Kasemodel of Renner, South Dakota; a daughter-in-law, Marcia Gangestad of Luverne; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett; son Dwight Gangestad; her parents; brothers Alvin (Delores) Kasemodel, Marvin (Margaret) Kasemodel and Delmar (Delores) Kasemodel; and sisters Berniece (Chester) Falcowsky, Leona (Don) Wallenburg, Marvella (Marvin) Beck, Carol (Dick) Sels and Joyce (Phil) Espittee.

Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne,

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