Nov. 18, 1918-Oct. 2, 2013
LaRayne B. "Rena" Gigstead, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at her residence.
Rena Gigstead was born to Joseph and Anna (Trautner) Mistelske on November 18, 1918 in Vergas. She grew up and attended school in Vergas.
As a young lady she worked at Lambert's Drug Store in Detroit Lakes, where she met her future husband Gilbert Gigstead at the ice cream counter. She later worked several years for Dr. Sanders Dentistry and St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.
Rena and Gilbert lived at the Tamarac Refuge, where he served as refuge manager. They later moved to manage refuges in Tennessee and Arkansas, then moved back to Detroit Lakes, where they bought the Snyder Farm and started mink farming. They also owned and operated the Right Mink Food Processing Plant and the Needlewoods Game Farm, in both of which Rena was an active participant.
Rena is survived by her son, Gill (Kathy) Gigstead of Detroit Lakes; four grandsons, Shane (Lisa Foster) Gigstead of Detroit Lakes, Dane (Diane) Gigstead of Frazee, Darren (Michelle) Gigstead of Detroit Lakes and Joel Gigstead of Gentry, Ark.; 10 great grandchildren, Heather, Tyler, Dan, Brittany, Madison, Jenna, Dustin, Desiree, Sarah and Emily; eight great-great grandchildren, Serenity, Aidan, Liam, Lauryn, Jersey, Avery, Kynley and Lydia; one sister, Marion (Don) Schattschneider of Detroit Lakes; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Gilbert (1977); parents; four sisters, Eleanor Mistelske, Caroline West, Lenora Chaffee and Pearl Nelson; and three brothers, James, Clifford and Emerson Mistelske.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.
Interment will be in the Vergas City Cemetery, Vergas.
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