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Gerald "Jerry" Gasteyer

Gerald "Jerry" Gasteyer

Gerald J. “Jerry” Gasteyer, of Elmwood, passed away on November 1, 2018.

Jerry was born on the family farm near Eau Galle on September 20, 1928 to William and Clara (Zeilinger) Gasteyer.  Jerry was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Weber Valley and later was confirmed on August 9, 1942.  He met Beatrice Kapping at a wedding dance at the Elmwood Auditorium in 1948 and they were married on September 19, 1952.  Three children were born to this union, Julie, Robin and Penny.

Jerry, his brother Bill and his mother managed the family farm when his father died in 1942. After marriage, Jerry and Bea continued on the dairy farm and he was fortunate enough to be active in farming his entire life.  He had a great passion for farming and was always ready to share his knowledge and opinions about life and how to preserve and manage the land.  Jerry was active in NFO and the Dunn County Drainage District Board, held several positions at St. Peter Lutheran Church and was caretaker for the Weber Valley Cemetery for many years.  Jerry enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, a good card game and was always there to share a story or help out a friend or neighbor.  He instilled in his family a strong work ethic, love for the farm and most importantly a strong love for our Lord.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 66 years; Beatrice, two daughters; Julie Hanson of Bloomington, MN and Robin (Rick) Warner of Inver Grove Heights, MN, son-in-law; Mark Lecheler of Eau Claire, six grandchildren; Josh Hanson, Breanne (Adam) Hegg, Mitchell and Sarah Warner, Thomas and Jason Lecheler, three great grandchildren; Imogen, Helena and Jasper, one sister-in-law; Jean Gasteyer, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his daughter; Penny, son-in-law; John Hanson, his parents, brothers; Edward Brenner, Bill Gasteyer and baby John Gasteyer, sisters; Ann Wendler, Eunice King, Lila Lehmann, Sal Hoeft and Donna Oesterreicher.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elmwood with Pastor Guy Bergenthal officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 -7:00 PM at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Following the service there will be a gathering with all who wish to attend at the Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood. Burial will be at the Weber Valley Cemetery, rural Eau Galle. 

The family wishes to thank Mayo Clinic Hospice, Red Cedar Hospital and Heritage of Elmwood for their support and excellent care.

Memorials may be directed to the Weber Valley Cemetery Association, c/o Roger Weber N2026 West County Rd C, Elmwood, WI 54740.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.


  1. Pat Rosenberg

    Dear Bea, so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing to the Lord. Sending love and sympathy to the Gasteyer families. God be with you.

  2. Rick Oebser

    Bea and family,
    Very saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing. Growing up I always looked forward to the times Bea & Jerry would visit. I would marvel at Jerry’s skill for playing 500 while simultaneously discussing all things farming with my dad. Jerry was a wonderful person and a dear family friend.

    Heartfelt condolences.

  3. Tom &Kathy (Schneider) Bowman

    Bedie & family,
    Sympathies to all of you! Our families have been so blessed to know each other , to have a very long friendship. Thinking of you and prayers.w

  4. Lenora(Ginsbach) &Jack Jenkins

    Dearest Beaty and Family
    Pat G. let us know about Jerry's passing So sorry and please know we are thinking of you and that memories of you and Jerry sitting near us at St Peters Sunday worship services were always special and will be forever treasured. Wish we could be there and give you hugs, but since that isnt possible, please know that we care.

  5. Peter & Shelly Lehmann

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Uncle Jerry loved his snowmobiling. One time Paul and I stayed at your house to go to school the next day. Turned out to be a snow day. Uncle Jerry took time to start the snowmobile and give us a ride.

  6. Paula. Smith

    Bea. So sorry for the loss of Jerry he and you were always there when mom and dad always played cards I'll pray for you always

    Paula. Smith

  7. Scott and angie Hunter

    Deepest sympathy to the family

  8. Joanne Hewitt

    Sending sympathy to Beatty and family. God Bless

  9. Patti and Jim Brown

    We send our heartfelt condolences to Aunt Bea , Julie, Robin and all your family. We are with you in thoughts and prayers. Know we wish we were able to attend this final tribute and celebrate his graduation to the Church Triumphant .
    Patti and Jim Brown

  10. Bob Oesterreicher

    My very deepest sympathy over Uncle Jerry's passing.

    He was the last survivor of my Mom's siblings, and they enjoyed a wonderful relationship. I have some great childhood memories of visits to Grandma Gasteyer, Jerry, Bea, and the girls at the home farm.

    Many times when I stopped at Mom's house to visit, Jerry and Bea were there visiting. I hope the knowledge that Jerry is visiting Mom again comforts you.

  11. Jacqui Turner Hesse

    Love you Uncle Jerry❤️

  12. Jerry and Joyce Kendall

    We are very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Your family is in our prayers.

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