Mildred E. Gast

EARLVILLE -Mildred Elaine “Millie” Gast, 90, of Earlville passed away Dec. 2, 2017 at the LaSalle County Nursing Home in Ottawa.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 415 S. East St., Earlville with Rev. Tammy Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Precinct Cemetery, rural Earlville. Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Earlville.

Millie was born Dec. 22, 1926 in Sandwich to Erik and Gertrude (Michaelson) Rosengren. She married Ralph C. Gast on May 19, 1949 in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 2010.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Gus) Werner of Hallettsville, Texas and Mary (Todd) Wright of Doyline, La.; one son, David (Sandra) Gast of Earlville; eight grandchildren, Shannon (Carl) Cook, Erik (Carla) Gast, Sarah (Matt) Cook, Sharon (Joe) Stone, David R. Janese, Michael Gast, Jordan (Chris) Luker and Jimmy Wright; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Reinhold Carl Gast; and one brother, Stanley Rosengren.

Millie graduated from Serena High School with the class of 1944. She continued her education at Ryburn-King Hospital School of Nursing in Ottawa, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1948. She was a member of the Army Nurse Corps and worked at Ryburn-King Hospital and Sandwich Hospital for several years. She enjoyed doing private duty nursing for friends and her neighbors. She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville where she was active on the Altar Guild, the sewing circle and the funeral luncheons group. She was a past president of the Earlville Library Board and was a election judge for many years. She enjoyed traveling and especially spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Earlville Historical Society, Immanuel Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor’s choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to


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