LuAnna 'Annie' Westerhaus


LuAnna “Annie” Westerhaus, 86 of Wisner, formerly of Winside, died Sunday, April 23, 2023 at the Wisner Care Center in Wisner, 

Services will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner.

Memorials may be directed to AseraCare Hospice, Norfolk or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Winside.

Arrangements are with Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner.    

LuAnna Moore Westerhaus (Annie) was born in Ashland, Kansas on October 17, 1936 to Ralph and Gladys (Place) Moore. She grew up with four siblings, Maye, Roy, Don and Jim. LuAnna was baptized March 25, 1949 and confirmed April 2, 1950 at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Louis Missouri. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Winside for 64 years.

Growing up LuAnna enjoyed riding bikes, swimming, roller skating, playing baseball and visiting family and friends. She attended Harrison Elementary, Beaumont high school and Herbert S. Hadley Technical High School in St. Louis, Missouri graduating Jan. 25, 1955.

LuAnna met Marlin Westerhaus prior to his enlistment in the Air Force. Over four years of his service, many cards and letters were exchanged. Following Marlin's discharge, they were married August 17, 1957 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Louis Missouri. Born to this union were David, Daniel, Dale and Dean — Annie’s pride and joy.

Marlin and LuAnna made their first home in St. Louis, later moving east of Winside to the family farm in 1959. LuAnna took great pleasure in raising their boys, preparing for large family gatherings, gardening, baking, canning, raising chickens, ducks, dog, cats, gerbils and much more. In her retirement she enjoyed antique shopping and occasional trips to the Casino! She loved to play Yahtzee, Chinese checkers and Pig Mania! She treasured many special friends at Stanton Westside Regency, Ivy Manor and Wisner Assisted Living. LuAnns’s greatest joy was her family and extended family.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Marlin; sons and their spouses, David (LeeAnn) of Pilger, Daniel (Donna) of Wayne, Dale (Amy) of Winside and Dean (Marni) of Lexington; grandchildren, Shella (Jeff), Jesse (Amy), Karl, Tom, Brandon, Tanner, Mitchell, Dustin, Shelby and Raven; great-grandchildren Noah, Isaac, Briar, Landon, Xander, Karsten and Kristen; sisters-in-law, Annika Moore, Carolyn (Hail-Westerhaus) Schwenk and Jerane Dobson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Gladys Moore, sister, Maye and Marvin Stotler; brothers Roy and Twilla Moore, Don and wives Gene and Anne Moore, Jim Moore; brothers-in-law Donald and Reba Westerhaus and Norris Westerhaus; niece Phyllis Geneser, and nephews Edwin Moore and Steve Moore.