WANAMINGO — People in Zumbrota and Wanamingo are coming together Saturday to help a rural Wanamingo family that suffered two devastating losses in less than four months.
People who knew Greg Greseth say he was a good father, quick to smile and devoted to his family.
Greseth, 32, was killed in a car crash October last year. He had just dropped off his son at a school bus stop for his morning ride to kindergarten. The pickup truck he was driving collided with a car at 490th Street and 130th Avenue in Roscoe Township in Goodhue County, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.
“He was kind, caring man,” said Aimee Greseth, 23, Greg’s fiancee, who legally changed her last name from Larson after Greg’s death. “He was always there to help whoever needed it.”
Aimee was at home when Greg was killed in the crash. She was on maternity leave with the couple’s infant son, Cooper, who was just under 2 months old. Cooper died suddenly Jan. 20.
Aimee sees Greg in their two older sons, who are 5 years old and 2 years old. Aimee has been struggling since both staggering losses. Her toddler has taken on the role of caretaker with dad gone, she said.
The Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727 and the Guilty Goose in Zumbrota are hosting fundraisers for the family.
“We wanted to do something to help Aimee get back on her feet,” said Sara Durhman, Guilty Goose co-owner. “We try to help our friends and neighbors as a whole.”
Aimee said the effort is touching. It speaks to the values people in the small communities have and to Greg’s memory, she said.
“It’s great to finally have some happy tears,” she said.
It also reflects what Greg meant to people that they want to remember him by holding the events.
“That’s the important part to me, is that people remember him,” Aimee said.
Greg was someone who brought people together.
“Even in the most chaotic times, he never even gave a hint of being stressed,” Aimee said. “He saw the good in everyone because he was good.”
Greg served in the U.S. Air Force beginning in 2006. He was deployed to Qatar and Saudi Arabia in 2009 and was honorably discharged in 2014. The VFW Post seemed an appropriate venue. Greseth, who was working toward a nursing degree, also worked at the Guilty Goose.
Durhman also recalled Greg as someone who was quick to help others.
“Every time he’d work, he’d find something to fix,” she said.
Durhman said her heart goes out to Aimee as well and hopes the fundraiser helps her and her family.
“I think we’ll be overwhelmed by the turnout,” Durhman said.
The events begin with food and a silent auction at 3 p.m. at the Stary-Yerka VFW. At 8 p.m., live music and a fundraiser begins at Guilty Goose until midnight.
“We’re going to at least get (Aimee) on her feet,” Durhman said.