Luella Elsbernd, 86, of Spillville, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, with Rev. Donald Hawes and Rev. David Beckman officiating. Organist is Doris Thompson. Soloist is Dan Silhacek. Hymns are “Here I Am Lord,” “Gift of Finest Wheat,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Goin Home” and “On Eagles Wings.” Lectors are Steve Elsbernd, Joan McIntire and Katie Elsbernd. Mass servers are Aidan and Cale Beckman and Collin Wiltgen. Offertory gift bearers are Elmer Schmitt and Elaine Kuennen. Eucharistic ministers are Dean Beckman, Patricia Elsbernd and John and Pat Wiest. Casket bearers are Luella’s grandsons: Jay Elsbernd, Brian Brincks, Bill Garbers, Jeff Brincks, Joe Garbers and Glen Elsbernd. Honorary casket bearers are grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment is at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in Spillville. Arrangements are being handled by Balik Funeral Home in Spillville.

Luella Catherine Schmitt was born Dec. 14, 1927, to Frank X. and Anna (Hackman) Schmitt on the family farm near Fort Atkinson. She attended St. John’s School in Fort Atkinson. Luella married Jerome Elsbernd June 13, 1947, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson. Together they operated a dairy, livestock and grain farm north of Spillville. In 1985 they retired to their home in Spillville. Luella was an active member of the St. Wenceslaus Parish Guild for nearly 60 years. During retirement she was a cook for a short time at St. Wenceslaus School.  he enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling throughout the United States and Europe. She especially enjoyed her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for planning family gatherings, her sense of humor and her outgoing personality.       

Luella’s survivors include her children: Steve (Patricia) Elsbernd, Ridgeway; Joan McIntire, Farmington, Minn.; Kay (Ed) Garbers, La Crosse, Wis.; Nancy (Donald) Brincks, Calmar; Alan (Susan) Elsbernd, Calmar; Darrel (Terri) Elsbernd, Rochester, Minn. and Deb (Dean) Beckman, Winona, Minn.; 17 grandchildren: Darla Elsbernd, Anne (Scott) Wilson, Jay (Leslie), Katie and Erin Elsbernd; Bill (Jenny) and Joe Garbers; Brian (Charlotte) and Jeff (Sarah) Brincks; Glen (Elizabeth) Elsbernd; Scott, Darren, Daniel and Gerry Elsbernd; Aidan, Cale and Erica Beckman; great-grandchildren: Claire, Anthony, Blake, Kayla and Tyler; sister, Elaine Kuennen, Ossian; brother, Elmer (Dorothy) Schmitt, Fort Atkinson; sisters-in-law: Sister Ruth Elsbernd, Eldridge; Colette Kuhn, Cresco; and Gladys Elsbernd, Decorah. 

Luella was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; son-in-law, Robert McIntire; parents, Frank X. and Anna (Hackman) Schmitt; father- and mother-in-law, John and Martha (Kuennen) Elsbernd; brothers and sister: Leonard, Clarence (Evelyn) and Francis Schmitt and Mildred (Cletus) Uhlenhake; brothers- and sister-in-law, Arnold (Helen), Roger and Joseph Elsbernd and Anthony Kuhn.