Elsie L. Rosendahl

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:46 pm

Elsie L. Rosendahl, 89, of Decorah, died Wednesday evening, May 18, 2016, at Wellington Place in Decorah, with many of her family surrounding her. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial is in Burr Oak Cemetery. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, and Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at Burr Oak Lutheran Church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com. Organist is Kathy Tollefsrud. Soloist is Megan Ferrie (“One Day At A Time” and “In The Garden”). Congregational hymns are “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” Honorary bearers are all of her great-grandchildren: Laura “Lizzie,” Heather “Anne” and Jacob Reinardy, Jessica, Holly and Noah Goetzke, Max Brochman, Austin, Megan and Peyton Ferrie, Jack and Madison Shawver, Cayla and Carly Rosendahl, Kate, Collin and Ayden Lenninger and Quinn and Alexa Brown. Casket bearers are all of her grandchildren: Tina and RJ Schmitz, Tammi and Mike Brochman, Kari and Roger Ferrie, Jodi Rosendahl and Ben Ahrens, Derek and Becca Rosendahl, Todd Rosendahl and David Buck, Misti and Ryan Shawver, Kyle and Katie Rosendahl, Erin and David Lenninger, Anthony and Tara Brown and Andrew Brown and Kylie Kruse. Interment is at Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak.

Elsie Lavonne (Moen) Rosendahl was born Sept. 25, 1926, in Decorah, the daughter of August and Marie (Bakke) Moen. Elsie became a child of God through her baptism and confirmation at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. She graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1944. Elsie was united in marriage with Merlin (Mert) P. Rosendahl April 21, 1946, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. To this union were born three sons and a daughter: Gerald, Harold, Marc and Merlene. Elsie attended Luther College and briefly taught country school at Horgen School in Madison Township. She was home with the children until all were in school, then worked at the Burr Oak Mercantile before securing a cook job at North Winneshiek School. She worked nearly 20 years at North Winneshiek before retiring in 1989. Elsie was a member of Burr Oak Lutheran Church and for a very long time was actively involved in WELCA, as historian for a period of time, Circle, and sharing her talents particularly during “do-days” when making quilts and other needlework. Elsie was the Burr Oak correspondent for the Decorah Newspapers for many years, submitting stories about the happenings of area residents. She was a talented crafter and cook/baker, and she enjoyed golfing. But family was most important. When Elsie was 85, she moved into an Assisted Living Apartment at Wellington Place. She thoroughly enjoyed her apartment and all the activities like her walk group, bingo and crafting. After some trouble with her heart and worsening dementia, she moved to the nursing home side for the last year and a half of her life.

Survivors include her three sons: Gerald, and his wife Jackie, of Hastings, Minn.; Harold and his wife Marlys of Cresco; Marc and his wife Kathy of Burr Oak; her daughter Merlene, and husband Wally Brown, of Burr Oak; 11 grandchildren: Tina (RJ) Schmitz, Tammi (Mike) Brochman, Kari (Roger) Ferrie, Jodi Rosendahl (friend Ben Ahrens), Derek (Becca) Rosendahl, Todd Rosendahl (David Buck), Misti (Ryan) Shawver, Kyle (Katie) Rosendahl, Erin (David) Lenninger, Anthony (Tara) Brown, Andrew (fiancé Kylie Kruse) Brown; 19 great-grandchildren: Laura “Lizzie,” Heather “Anne,” and Jacob Reinardy, Jessica, Holly and Noah Goetzke, Max Brochman, Austin, Megan and Peyton Ferrie, Jack and Madison Shawver, Cayla and Carly Rosendahl, Kate, Collin and Ayden Lenninger, and Quinn and Alexa Brown; and by her sisters-in-law, Hazel Gullickson of Decorah and Margaret Moen of Brockville, Ontario, Canada.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Marie; her husband, Mert, March 6, 1991; her brothers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Kenneth and Virginia Moen, John Moen and James and Sharon Moen, Chuck and Martha Rosendahl and Howard Gullickson.

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