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Georgianne Sharon Tastad

Georgianne Sharon Tastad

August 3, 2017

       Georgianne Sharon Tastad, died in her home in Eau Claire, WI on August 3, 2017.

 She was born in Chicago on May 10, 1942 to Sarran and Margery Staeben.     Georgianne taught school for many years.  Parents of students wanted their children in her class because they made so much progress with her method of teaching.

      Georgianne and her husband purchased a campground and motel and built a store five miles north of Augusta, called Woodland Store. They operated the store, motel and campground for 18 years, selling it in 2006. Georgianne surrounded people she met with love, like the air they breathed. Even when suffering from Lung Cancer she maintained a positive attitude, always thinking of what she could do to enhance the quality of life for others.

      Georgianne married Don Tastad, July 2, 1972. They lived in a Chicago suburb until 1982 at which time they moved to Eau Claire, WI. They lived on Lake Wissota and later on Lake Eau Claire, where they enjoyed many hours entertaining children and grandchildren. Georgianne enjoyed traveling and camping all over the United States after retirement. During the last ten years in the winter months, Georgianne and her husband lived in an over age 55 Community called, Windward Knoll in Thonotosassa, near Tampa Florida. She was involved in many of the community activities but her favorite was playing outdoor shuffleboard. She was an excellent player and her women’s team won first place in tournaments the last two years. When the residents of the Windward Knoll community discovered Georgianne had lung cancer they surrounded her with love and support. They sent her cards in the mail, greetings on the Internet, many telephone calls and visits. She was loved by all for her sense of humor, service, and concern for others.

     Georgianne is survived by her husband, Don Tastad; children, Richard Tastad, Gregory (Joan) Tastad, Darcy Tastad, Mary (Ralph) Klink; eight grandchildren, Nancy Maxwell Jackson, Richard Tastad, Kelsie Tastad, Justin Tastad, Bryana Tastad, Garett Mortensen, Kara Mortensen and Erik Klink; four great grandchildren, Kennedy LaCroix, Olivia Garcia, Harper Maxwell Jackson and Hendrix Maxwell Jackson; a brother, Butch (Mary) Staeben.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Sarran (Margery) Staeben, her brothers, James Staeben and Stephen Staeben.  

     A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m.  on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1413 East Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire, WI, 54701.

      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated for the education of children to Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation.

      Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, Altoona is serving the family.  To offer online condolences please visit, www.chippewavalleycremation.com.


Memorial Service, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

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  • Pat Van Henkelum Don I was so sorry to hear about Georgie. I loved working with her at the Woodland. We had so many great times. It's been a long time since I've been in Augusta and miss that beautiful area. She will really be missed.

    My prayers to you and your beautiful family.

    August 19 at 5:32pm

  • Bart Naglestad I'm so sorry to see that Georgianne passed away. I think of both of you from time to time and wonder how you are and where you are? Now, I know. My wife passed in 2011 and I know how difficult this time is. I hope to see you again, some time. I still have the cute things she made for me when you bought the house on Wissota. I to spend the winter in Fl.

    August 17 at 6:50pm

  • Kelley Soland So Sorry for your loss!!! I have so many fond memories of Georgie. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

    Kelley Soland

    August 13 at 4:29pm

  • Donald Patterson I am sending my condolences remembering the happy times my wife, Janet, and I had at the Woodland Camp. Georgie was always so kind and helpful. We loved those days and know she made everyone's life so happy around her. Don, I too, lost my wife this Spring and know that you will have great sorrow after losing Georgie. My heartfelt prayers are with you.

    August 13 at 10:21AM

  • Joyce Bonner My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    August 8 at 6:38AM

  • Lowanda Lee Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. When death takes our loved ones, we feel helpless. Death is never easy and it brings great sorrow. But know that God will surround and comfort you at this difficult time. God is close to the brokenhearted and helps those crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18.

    August 4 at 1:12PM

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