GRACE E. BILSTAD
Grace E. Bilstad, 94, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge.
Private funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Fulton Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the Callender Cemetery, Callender. Public visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Fulton Lutheran Church. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.
Grace is survived by her children Diane (Don) Minier of Ringsted, RaeAnn (Jim) Lang of Urbandale, Linda (Dan) Eklund of Huxley, Sue (Steve) Dooley of Grimes and daughter-in-law Jennifer Bilstad of Somers, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, sister Joyce Ness of Bedford, Texas, sister Shirley Brown of Riceville, and brother Darrel Gommels of Cedar Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband Gene Bilstad, her son Tom Bilstad, her parents, Ed and Pearl (Freisner) Gommels, brothers Glenn Gommels, Dale Gommels, Roy Gommels, Merle Gommels, sister Donna Gottschalk and grandchildren Eric and Michael Bilstad.
Grace Ellen Gommels was born on July 21, 1926, on a farm near Manson and graduated Manson High School. On March 28, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gene Thomas Bilstad in Rockwell City. They farmed in the Somers and Callender area all their lives. Grace worked at the Rockwell City Bank and Somers Savings Bank (Heartland Bank) in Callender. Grace was a lifetime member of Fulton Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.