Jeanne Holstad, 69, Albert Lea

Published 9:15 am Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Memorial services for Jeanne Holstad, 69, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Tom Biatek will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Online condolences are welcome at

Jeanne died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Jeanne Holstad

Jeanne Holstad

Jeanne Sandra Holstad was born on Sept. 4, 1943, to Helmer and Mildred (McCloskey) Nielsen in Albert Lea. She grew up in Lake Mills and Emmons and graduated from Emmons High School in 1961. After graduating Jeanne worked as a teller in various banks in Emmons, the Twin Cities and Albert Lea. On June 11, 1966, Jeanne was united in marriage to Harold Holstad at the Methodist Church in Lake Mills. Jeanne then began to work as a substitute cook in the Albert Lea school district and eventually became head cook at Halvorson Elementary School. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Jeanne enjoyed spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking for her family and friends. She truly had a green thumb when it came to her flower garden. Jeanne was a very caring woman; she loved to laugh and always put others first. She loved spending time with her family and especially being “silly grandma” to her two grandchildren.

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Survivors include her husband, Harold “Harry” Holstad of Albert Lea; daughters, Kim (Brad) Skaro of Brooklyn Park and Susan (Steven) Bybee of Gretna, La.; granddaughters, Elizabeth Jean and Ashley Lee Bybee; sister, Joann (Vernon) Groe of Door County, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Nielsen and brother-in-law, Marlin Holstad.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.