Lilah J. Beach, 81, of Trempealeau, WI, passed away peacefully at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse on February 23, 2021, after battling Dementia for several years and recently COVID-19.
She was born on April 24, 1939, in La Crosse, WI, to Golden Odell "Bud" and Mary Beach. Lilah grew up in the Dakota, MN area. On June 27, 1959, she married Glenn Linander and together they had four children, Gerald, Odell, Marcey and Lance. They later divorced. In 1978, Lilah married Lynn Gellersen and together they had one son, Monty. They later divorced.
Lilah made many friends while working at the Holiday Inn of La Crosse, Sauer Memorial, Winona Senior Dining and Winona Memorial Hospital where she retired in 2010.
In her earlier days Lilah enjoyed volunteering for the Dakota Auxiliary, bowling, playing cards with the "Card Club" ladies, dancing and going out and having a great time. She was also a very talented cook, canner, and baker; her potato salad will never be replicated. Camping and staying at the lake with her whole family was something that she would have done every weekend if possible. Lilah enjoyed spending time on Facebook, watching country music shows, and her favorite pastime was watching the Hallmark channel, "because it always has a happy ending."
Lilah loved being with family and friends, whether it was at a truck show helping shine chrome (or suggest a few more lights), at a tractor pull watching Monty pull his tractor...Go 4020! or on a road trip with her daughter, sons, or sisters. She loved being with her children, but her grandchildren were her life! She enjoyed watching them perform their musical talents at concerts and parades and attending any of their sporting events to cheer them on. It made her so excited and proud. She was always up for a new adventure and never turned down a ride in a semi or a chance to travel to see her children and grandchildren in Florida and Oklahoma.
Lilah's favorite holiday was the Fourth of July, from clothes to home décor, it was all red, white, and blue. She was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Minnesota Twins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Survivors include her sons, Gerald (Kate) of Winona, Odell (Val) of Oklahoma, and Lance (Lara) of Florida; daughter, Marcey (Larry) Corey of Trempealeau; daughter-in-law, Kate Gellersen of Rushford; grandchildren, Adrian (David) Salazar, Cierra Linander, Calvin (Linh) and Collin Corey, Tristan and Brenin Linander, and Brody Gellersen; great-grandson Dominic Salazar; step-grandchildren, Ashley, April, Danielle, Jason, Allison, and Jordan.
She is further survived by sister, Connie Gile; brother, Jerome Beach; brother-in-law, Gary Trynowski; nieces and nephews, Shane (Deb), Tammy (Scott), Troy (Chris), Jamie (Tammy), Shannon (Steve), Casey (Jeremy), Amanda (Justin), Ashley, Autumn (Jeff), Alivia (Travis); many great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Monty Gellersen; sister, Phyllis Trynowski; brother-in-law, Larry Gile; great niece, Faith Jorgenson; former sister-in-law, Beth; and many special aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday February 28, 2021, at 910 East 2nd Street, Winona, the temporary event center for Hoff Celebration of Life Center. A prayer service will immediately follow officiated by Funeral Celebrant, Jodi Heim. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is in charge of arrangements.
Lilah's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who was a caregiver to Lilah over this past year and especially Alice at RBI, who made her feel very cared for and about. To the team at Gundersen in ER and on the COVID floor for all the wonderful care, support and compassion they gave her when we were unable to be there. We would also like to thank everyone for all the calls and words of comfort during this difficult time.