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November 11, 1946 – Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Service Information
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover, MN
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
AT THE FUNERAL HOME IN ST. MICHAEL, MN
Monday, November 25, 2013
4-8 P.M.

Elaine Betty (Bechtold) Salonek, age 67, of Medford, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly and suddenly of a heart attack, in her home last Wednesday afternoon, November 20, 2013.
She was born on November 11th, 1946 at the Monticello Hospital in Monticello, Minnesota the daughter of Harold & Mary (Bursch) Bechtold.
Elaine loved her kids and especially loved to be around them and spend time with her grandchildren.
She worked at Walmart and enjoyed the interaction with her co-workers and some of the regular customers.
Elaine cherished her grandmother Bursch, and continued to speak fondly of her.
She enjoyed chocolates, coffee, writing quotable quotes, flowers, shopping, reading, and especially the company of others.
She loved being “dolled up”, and enjoyed things with “bling”.

Survived by four Children: Monica (Russ) Newman of South Haven, Dean Salonek of Monticello, Jean (Tom) Holland of Monticello and Krystal Covey of Medford; eleven grand Children (two have preceded her): Jake, Jada, Kayla, Russell, Joseph, Nicholas, Zachary, Lecia and Hailey; a Sister: Marlys (George) Twardy, of Darwin; a sister-in-law: Darlene Bechtold of Buffalo; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her child: Penny Elaine Salonek, two grandchildren: Summer and Austin, her parents and by a brother: Harlan Bechtold.

Funeral services for Elaine Bechtold Salonek will be held on Tuesday, November 26th at 1:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. Pastor Gorden Estenson will officiate.

Interment will follow at The Hanover Village Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Monday, November 25th from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. A Prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Monday evening.

Casket bearers will be…
Jake Pesch, Grandson
Hal Kruschke, Family friend
Randy Twardy, Nephew
Mark Bechtold, Nephew
Buck Twardy, Nephew
Scott Bechtold, Nephew

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Charles Henry Leck

    Thank you so much for calling us. Our deepest sympathies go with you during this difficult time.
    Anne and Charlie Leck

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  2. Karma King Smith

    Elaine, I will miss you! You were a steady light in my family’s life. Thank you for caring about all of us! We love you!
    Karma, Jessie, Elisha, Emily, Jacob, Ellen, Maggie, Katey and Hildi

    Reply
  3. Grace Jelle

    Jean,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Reply
  4. Jean Holland

    Mom I really miss ya, I love you, I will never forget you.
    Love Jean

    Reply
  5. Krystal Salonek Covey

    Mom,
    You were the rock to our family. I could always count on you for everything. You will truly be missed each and every day. I Love you.

    Reply
  6. Dan & Garnette Nelson

    We regret that we never got to meet you Elaine. However, we do have the privilege of knowing your daughter, Jean. Jean and Tom look after us and we promise we will look after Tom and Jean. Garnette & Dan

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  7. Lee Ann Kohnen Rippentrop

    Elaine was a favorite second cousin. I enjoyed the time we shared in high school. My sympathy to her family.
    She was a caring, devoted and loving person.

    Reply
  8. Belinda Mlenek

    Krystal,
    My sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was a wonderful woman. Remember she is watching over you.

    Reply
  9. Carol Jean Lange Rassatt

    So very sorry for your loss. I so wanted to say goodbye to Elaine in person, but circumstances wouldn’t allow. I have known Elaine since we were little girls, however, have not seen her for years. I still remember her broad smile and laughing eyes. We had so much fun. I know I will see her again in Heaven.

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  10. Jean holland

    Merry Christmas Mom, just wanted to say I Love You and miss you very much. Today wasn’t the same with out you. Today a candle was burning for you. Merry Christmas Mom.

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  11. Jean Holland

    I Miss You MOM!!! I Love You!!!! I wish i could talk with you everyday,like we did before,Losing you mom is so Hard,There is not a day that so by that I don’t think about you,Miss you,Love you Mom.

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  12. Krystal Covey

    There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you and miss you Mom. You were always there for me and I’m very grateful for that. Me and my kids visit you as often as we can. I always tell the kids – let’s go see grandma! There’s always lots of tears, but that’s because we love you and miss you so much! You were the best mom a kid could ask for. I can only hope that I can be as good of a mom to my kids as you were to me. Love you!!

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  13. Krystal Covey

    Happy birthday Mom! This is your first birthday in heaven. I hope you enjoy your day. You always deserved nothing but the best. Your life was nothing but easy, but being the strong person you were, you always pulled through. I’m going to visit you today at your grave and celebrate your birthday. I miss you everyday Mom. I so wish you were still here keeping me going. Love you.

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