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November 21, 1916 – Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Service Information
Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church-Rockford
Monday, December 31, 2012
11:30 A.M.

Visitation Information
Sunday, December 30, 2012
4-8 P.M.

Elsie Johannah Mutterer, age 96, of Rockford passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on November 21, 1916 in rural Buffalo the daughter of Gottlieb & Johannah Ordorff Klatt.

Elsie was baptized on December 17, 1916.
She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on August 17, 1930 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake.

On September 21, 1940, Elsie J. Klatt and John Mutterer were joined in holy marriage at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Precious memories of our mother include the special place in her heaert for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved baking cookies – lots of cookies. She loved flowers. The courtyard garden at Park View became her favorite place where she could feed the chickens and enjoy the other famr animals. Sparkly clothes and jewelry were her signature. She loved parties – especially for her. She enjoyed a small bottle of beer with fish, music – both old tyme and new time, pretty dishes, feeding the birds and winning at Scrabble. It saddened her that she was no longer able to atend her home church in Rockford. She loved people and people loved her. She will be dearly missed.

She was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Up until her move to Park View, she was an active member of Cross LIGHTS and held various offices. She was active in the Rockford Senior Citizens and held offices there also. Elsie and her husband John owned and operated the Rockford Drive Inn for several years. While in the restaurant they made many friends who still to this day talk about the wonderful food they served.

Survived by two loving daughters: Sharon (Ken) Koehler of Buffalo and Sandy (Bill) Knotz of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren: Kevin (Jackie) Koehler of Delano, Sheila (Jason) Paulzine of Prior Lake, David (Christy) Knotz of Glendale, Arizona and Marc Knotz of Brooklyn Park; great grandchildren: Austin & Blake; Devon & Madison; Makenna & Makai; many nieces & nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband: John, her parents, five brothers: Louie, Carl, Walter, Leo and Leland Klatt, five sisters: Freda Krause, Annie Krause, Adela Schindler, Verona Schultz and Clara Klatt.

Funeral services for Elsie Mutterer will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:30 A.M. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow will officiate.

Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 30th from 4-8 P.M. at the church. Further visitation will be held on Monday, December 31st one hour prior to services at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Kevin Koehler, Austin Koehler, David Knotz, Marc Knotz, Paul Schultz and Steve Schultz.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kerry Bechtold

    Dear Sharon, Sandy and Families;
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Elsie was a loving, classy, sweet lady. She touched the hearts and lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I am truly going to miss her, our visits and strolls in the garden.

    Love and Hugs to All,

  2. Tammy (Bechtold) Johnson

    I am deeply saddend to hear of Elsie’s passing! I am very glad to have known her, she will be missed! May the memories comfort you all during this difficult time. Love, Tammy

  3. Dawn Ward

    Elsie what a wonderful lady. We were her neighbors across the street for many years. Our daughter grew up with her and Johnny. Elsie took a ceramics class and she made many ceramic bunnies for our daughter which we have always cherished. She always had a special treat for Lisa at Halloween. Christmas she had a plate of cookies for us and we would dig in immediately for our favorites.
    We are saddened for your loss.
    May words, stories and memories of her bring you comfort with each passing day.

    Blessings to you and Your Family,

  4. William (Bill) Sook

    Deepest sympathies to you, Sharon and Sandy, on the death of your mother. We had a nice visit with your mother this fall. Family ties and memories last forever. Bill remembers so well when your parents were dating. Those good old days are gone forever–only the memories linger on.
    Bill and LaDonna

  5. Laura Manthie

    Dear Sharon, Sandy and Families;
    My deepest sympathy is with you and your family during this time. I am going to miss my daily visits with your Mom over the last few years. She truly was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met and I looked forward to her visits and stories each day. My thoughts and prayers will be with you over the weeks and months to come. God Bless.
    Laura; Receptionist at Park View Care Center

  6. Colette and Kerby Desens

    We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you.


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