Karla L. Hustedt

Karla L. Hustedt

1957 – 2024


GALVA - Karla L. Hustedt, 66, of Galva, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2024 at her home in rural Galva surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Galva with the Rev. Paul D. Egger officiating. Burial will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery of Galva. A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2024 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein.

Karla Lee Witte was born Dec. 15, 1957 in Alta, the eldest daughter of Emmett and Laura (Weiland) Witte. Karla was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller. 

Growing up, Karla was a Schaller Rocket and graduated in the class of 1976. She was an avid athlete competing in softball, track, and basketball. She handed down her speed to her boys. Karla had a younger sister, Karen (Witte) Malcolm, and you could always find them running around together, chatting on the phone every morning at 9 a.m., raising their kids together, and especially spending time with their parents. Karla and Karen were best friends for life.

Karla went to Augustana and Northwestern College for three years studying physical education. She wrote a letter to her future husband, Randy, who was at the University of Northern Iowa, and said they were getting married and moving back to the Weiland Home Place to farm, just north of Galva. On Nov. 24, 1979, Karla married Randal Jay Hustedt in Galva at St. John’s Lutheran Church and they had four children: Joel, Chad, Keith and Dana. Karla and Randy worked together on the farm, raised their kids, and were very involved in the Galva community.

Karla led the Galva Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, actively participated in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), and ran the Galva ball field concession stand for many years. Karla’s favorite things included gardening and canning, playing cards, attending countless sporting events for her children, spending time and taking trips with her special high school gal pals, activities with her Galva gal pals, and most importantly - spending time with her eight grandkids.

Those left to cherish her memory and wit include husband of 44 years, Randy of Galva; sons, Joel (Jordan) Hustedt of Galva, Chad (Jennifer) Hustedt of Alta, Keith (Cori) Hustedt of Fort Mill, South Carolina; daughter, Dana Hustedt of Galva; grandchildren, Eve and Jett Hustedt, Paisley, Presley, and Grady Hustedt and Kason, Scotti Lee, and Kade Hustedt; sister, Karen (Richard) Malcom of Schaller; nephew, Marcus (Khara) Malcom of Lincoln, Nebraska; niece, Jenna Malcom of San Francisco, California; mother-in-law, Phyllis Hustedt of Galva; sister-in-law, Carol (Mark) Scoles; brother-in-law, Lanny Hustedt of Galva and extended family.

Karla was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Laura Witte; father-in-law, Alverne Hustedt and uncle, Lloyd Weiland.

Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.


Services: April 8, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Galva

Burial: St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Galva

Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home • Holstein • 712-368-4332



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