LUCILLE IRENE GANGESTAD was born on June 13, 1926 to Herman and Marie (Schmuck) Kasemodel on the farm in Spring Water Township, of rural Beaver Creek, Minnesota. 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 was united in marriage to Emmett Gangestad at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minnesota. 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 preceded her in death 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, Minnesota. On Monday, May 16, 2022, Lucille died at the Tuff Memorial Home at the age of 95 years, 11 months, and 3 days.
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 will be lovingly remembered by her two children, Bonnie Carlson and her partner Randy Kahl of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Kelly Gangestad his wife Gloria of Gillette, Wyoming; six grandchildren, Jason Carlson, Jim (Dawn) Carlson, Eric (Lacy) Gangestad, Amber Gangestad, Kevin (Nikki) Hartz, and Erika (John) 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; daughter-in-law, Marcia Gangestad of Luverne; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett; son, Dwight Gangestad; parents, Herman and Marie Kasemodel; 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 preferred to Grace Lutheran Church.