Jeanne Louise Grose EnstadJeanne Louise Grose Enstad, 91, of East Saint Marie Street, died Friday, April 26, in St. Luke’s Hospice Duluth.
Jeanne Louise Grose Enstad, 91, of East Saint Marie Street, died Friday, April 26, in St. Luke’s Hospice Duluth.
She was born to Martha and Francis Grose on Aug. 31, 1921, in Watertown, S.D., where she grew up and attended school.
She studied at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where she met Robert Joseph Enstad. They were married Dec. 27, 1941, in Watertown. After living in Winona and Austin, Minn., they settled in Duluth in 1954 and raised three daughters.
For 38 years Jeanne was an active volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital and served as Volunteer Service Guild president from 1983 to 1985. She was selected as an honorary member in 1990.
Jeanne was a member of First Lutheran Church and past member of Concordia Lutheran Church. She was a member of Dorcas Circle at First Lutheran. In the 1960s, Jeanne and Bob taught the Bethel Bible Series sponsored by First Lutheran.
Jeanne became a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter BR in April of 1991. This association was very important to her.
Over the years, she and Bob were involved with many groups of friends who shared delight in the game of bridge. It brought them wonderful, lifelong companionship, and hilarity. Jeanne played her final game of bridge in early April.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67 years, Robert in 2009; her daughter, Catherine Byers, in 2006; her sister Velva Mae Degner; brothers-in-law Philip Enstad and Francis Degner.
Jeanne is survived by her daughters, Barbara Gay and Margaret (Robert) Bell, both of Duluth; her son-in-law Dene Byers; her brother-in-law James Enstad; her grandchildren: Jason (Angela) Byers, Alexis Bell, Sarah (Chad) Byers-Scott, Meghan Bell, Karsten Byers, Kathryn Bell; and her great-granddaughters, Jordan and Samantha Carlson, Olivia and Mira Byers.
A special thank you to Dr. Krisa Christian for her warm and kind attention to her medical care; to the staff of Mount Royal Pines III Assisted Living for the friendship and loving care provided since 2010; and to St. Luke’s Hospice Duluth for the exceptional support given to Jeanne and to her grateful family.
SERVICE: 11 a.m. Saturday, may 4, 2013 in First Lutheran Church, which would have been her beloved daughter Cathy’s 63rd birthday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to ALS Minnesota Chapter, 33 N. Washington Ave., Suite 105, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or to First Lutheran Church’s radio ministry, 1100 East Superior Street, Duluth MN 55802. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., 727-3555.
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