Gordanier, Rosamond Valesca


(12/29/2004)

Rosamond Valesca Gordanier, 91, Winona, passed away Saturday, December 25, 2004, at Lake Winona Manor.

She was born August 19, 1913, in Pickrel, Neb., the daughter of Frederick C. and Frieda (Hennings) Eckstein and was baptized September 7, 1913.

Rosamond was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa, and joined Central Lutheran Church after moving to Winona in 1993.

Rosamond graduated from Waverly High School and Wartburg College, both in Waverly, Iowa. She taught music and commercial business classes in Postville, Iowa. She met Howard Gordanier, and they were married August 3, 1947. They lived in Postville and owned and operated a dry cleaning establishment for 42 years. Howard died in 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth (Darrell) Berge of Spring Lake Park, Minn., and Hope (Phillip) Anderson of Winona; five grandchildren, Greg (Heidi) Berge, Keely (Tom) Teynor, Maisi (John) Pedersen, Jordan Anderson and fianc Eric Gleason, and Blake Anderson; and one great-grandson, Jackson Berge; two sisters, Geraldine Adix of Chisago City, Minn., and Loraine Dickinson of Brainerd, Minn.; a brother, Wallace (Arris) Eckstein, of Newhall, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Murtis (Andrew) Smith of Waterloo, Iowa, and Violet (Robert) Sherburne of Sumner, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Carole Goff, sisters-in-law, Bernice McCaffrey and Opal Gordanier, and brothers-in-law, Herbert Adix, Bob Dalzell, Vernon Dickinson and Fred Goff.

A celebration of Rosamond's life was held at Central Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 29, with the Reverend Jeff Franko officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the Central Lutheran Church Concert Series.

Martin-Myhre Funeral Home.

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