H. Elaine Gillard, 90

Published 8:12 am Thursday, March 28, 2019

H. Elaine Gillard, 90, of Glenville, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Lake Mills Care Center.

H. Elaine Gillard, 90

H. Elaine Gillard was born on Aug. 20, 1928, in Northwood, Iowa, the daughter of Harvey and Cora (Westrum) Lau. She graduated from Austin High School. On May 21, 1950, Elaine was united in marriage to Charles Gillard. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Glenville, where she was active in the Church Circle and Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Legion Auxiliary and the Greenwood Club and was a 4-H leader for many years. Elaine enjoyed sewing, church quilting, and baking for the county fair. She also liked gardening and hanging Christmas lights. She loved being with family, especially attending her grandchildren’s many special events.

Elaine is survived by her daughters, Pam (Steve) Shirk of Bricelyn, Minnesota, and Cindy (Greg) Recknor of Hartland, Minnesota; son, Tom (Doreen) Gillard of Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren, Andrea (Justin) Hockert, Alison Shirk, Amy (Adam) Ray, Katie (Nick) Wayne, Jess (Ashley) Recknor, Laura (Jason) Maschka and Dustin (Anita Joseph) Gillard; great-grandchildren, Jackson Hockert, Reese Hockert, Savannah Ray, Cameron Ray, Amelia Wayne, Graham Wayne, Lincoln Wayne, Rylan Recknor; sisters, Arcley Wahlers and Esther (Luverne) Walheim; brothers, Arvid “Bud” Lau and Robert (Mary) Lau; and sister-in-law, Marina Gillard.

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Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gillard; daughter, Sue Gillard; parents, Harvey and Cora Lau; sister, Sharon Berg; sisters-in-law, Marge Lau, Barbara Gillard and Calla Jean Bernloehr; and brothers-in-law, Wayne Wahlers and Jack Gillard.

Funeral services for will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Glenville with Vicar Josh Blair and the Rev. Grant F.C. Gillard officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.