Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Fri., June 6, for Loretta Geraldine Winberg, 87, Canova, who died on June 2, 2014, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. The Rev. Mark Dickson will officiate in Sun Prairie Baptist Church, rural Salem. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Casketbearers will be grandchildren Austin, Ethan, Kyle, Dana and Alyssa Winberg, and Adam Gushgari. Honorary casketbearers will be grandchildren Emily, Colin and Katelyn Winberg, Andrea Bright, Sara Gushgari, Maria Brown, Rebecca Christman, Sawyer Naasz, and Mike and Nick Hanna. Priscilla Hansen and Angela Larsen will provide piano music.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem.
Loretta Brown was born on April 1, 1927, at Canova to Victor and Phoebe (Lindblom) Brown. After graduating from Canova High School, she attended Sioux Falls College for two years and worked as a pianist for a program on KSOO Radio.
On June 5, 1947, she married Curtis L. Winberg. They lived and farmed in McCook County on the Winberg family homestead. Later, they moved to the Forsberg family farm east of Canova, where she lived until her death.
She was a lifelong member of Sun Prairie Baptist Church, where she played the organ and piano for many years, was on the Cemetery Board and was a GMG leader. She taught piano lessons for over 50 years and worked for Raven Industries for nearly 20 years. She was a 4-H leader and on school committees.
Survivors include five sons, Duane of Madison, Craig of Sioux Falls, Brian of Columbia, Mo., Steven of Canova, and Kevin of Dell Rapids; a daughter, Kathleen Gushgari of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Florence Ziegler of Sioux Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; a brother, Everett Brown; and a daughter, Corinne Naasz.
Memorials may be directed to the Avera McKennan Foundation. Condolences may be sent to www.kinzleyfh.com.