Renee Galstad Miranda
1952 - 2021

Renee Galstad Miranda

We, as a family, are mourning the loss of someone very special to us.

Renee Galstad Miranda passed away peacefully with her family holding her hands Tuesday, March 16, 2021, after a brief illness.

Renee was born Dec. 30, 1952, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Carrol and Loretta (Hammes). She is sadly missed by her siblings, Jeanne (Paul) Witcraft, Paula (Dave) VonRuden, Ruth Gosse, Shirley (Kevin) Galstad-Roh and Tom(Liz) Galstad. She will be missed by her sons, Chad and Eric Westerberg and their families. Renee will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. She had a special place in her heart for her nephew, Jeremy (Sara) Lindvig; and her young friend, Janel.

Renee was preceded in death by her parents; and infant sister, Susan.

Renee was the keeper of the Galstad/Hammes family stories, treasured recipes and Sandbakkel tins. Renee connected the past to the present for each of us. She was the oldest sister and loved her family unconditionally. In remembering her, we celebrate her artistry, her love of animals, her creative baking skills, her thirst for learning about the past and the way she made us each feel special. Her wanderlust spirit eventually led her to her last home in Hertford, N.C. two years ago.

We will gather to share memories and stories as we celebrate her life at a later date. Thanks Renee for always being true to yourself. We love you.

The Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Apr. 7, 2021.
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Janel Schmidt
April 12, 2021
Janel Schmidt
April 12, 2021
Hey Nene I just wanted to say that I love and miss you so much! it´s almost been a month now and I still haven´t wrapped my head around this... but I know your in a better place and I know you closer to me now with my dad your bestfriend I remember after being on a Cinderella binge I introduced you to my friends as my fairy god mother you went along with it and it stuck, it was our thing. I saved all the letters you ever wrote me and they were always signed "-FGM" (fairy god mother). I´ll never forget you taught me how to knit, I made a "wash rag" and it was so ugly. But you kept it, along with about all the rest of my childhood projects and arts n crafts. You always saw the best in me and treated my art work like it was Michelangelo´s or something. I will never forget the countless times you took care of me when I was sick and you held my hand and made sure I had a cool rag, and just held me. You were the only person I could call at 3am when the word felt so heavy on my shoulders and I felt alone, you always knew how to make it better, you even kept the same phone number for 12 years so I would never forget it incase of an emergency you told me one time. You took me in and showed me a different kind of love that I needed and it made me the strong independent woman I am today. You are greatly missed. I could go on and on about all of the memories of you raising me, but I´ll save the rest for another time. Until then, give my dad big hugs for me and I love you both and I think about you guys everyday.
Janel Schmidt
April 12, 2021
Renee, we never could agree who had an accent, you or me. You, Paula Breggia, and myself were often called "The Three Musketeers of LaCrosse" A title I will always cherish, as I am sure Paula will as well. You will be missed my dear friend. We have lost a friend, heaven has gained an angel.
Mary Margaret Walsh
April 8, 2021
Renee, I miss you so much. I don't even know what to write here. You were the most kind and compassionate person I've ever known. I will treasure all the years we've been friends, the times we spent together as well as our talks on the phone. I miss being able to speak with you like we used to about everything. I will also miss your laughter which was unique and infectious. I wish you had had more time in North Carolina to enjoy the peace and contentment you desired and deserved. Wish I had told you how much you meant to me, but maybe I did. When you lose a friend, there is an emptiness inside you and things just don't seem right anymore. Love you and miss you my dear friend.
Mary Forde
April 8, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just wanted to offer my condolences.
April 8, 2021
Paula, I´m so sorry for the loss of your big sis What a beautifully written obituary. She must have been a very special lady. May all your treasured memories comfort you and your family. Hugs, my friend.
Kris Strand
April 7, 2021