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Redeemer Lutheran Church
Friday March 29th, 2019
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Saturday March 30th, 2019

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H. Elaine Gillard

Funeral services for H. Elaine Gillard, age 90, of Glenville, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Glenville.  Vicar Josh Blair and Rev. Grant F.C. Gillard will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, March 29 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Elaine died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Lake Mills Care Center.


H. Elaine Gillard was born on August 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, Cindy (Greg) Recknor of Hartland; son, Tom (Doreen) Gillard of Austin; 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; sister-in-law, Marina Gillard.


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; brothers-in-law, Wayne Wahlers and Jack Gillard.

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You are all in our thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al & Gail Batt Mar 31 2019 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on March 29, 2019

Our sincerest sympathy & love. Gary & Diane Hockert

Expression of Sympathy Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

A FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent on March 28, 2019

Deepest Sympathy. Marty, Wendy, & Jake Brandt

Expression of Sympathy Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on March 28, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of H. Elaine Gillard

June Goodnature Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this most difficult time (Psalms 29:11).

Dee Rich Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

My sympsthy to all of Elaines family. We have many good memories throughout the years with the Gillard family. Elaine had so many good years but the last few years have been difficult for all of you. Im sorry I cant make it to the funeral but hopefully I can get to the visitation Friday night. Gods peace and comfort be with you.

Ardelle Knutson Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy to all . Judy Draayer/Mittag, Wabasha

Judy Mittag, Wabasha Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

God's blessings to Elaine's family as you share in your many wonderful memories.

Pastor Jim and Jeneane Rushton Mar 26 2019 12:00 AM