September 2, 1921 – Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Erna Lydia Elfmann, age 88, of Annandale and formerly of Maple Lake passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at Centennial Villa.
She was born on September 2, 1921 in Chatham Township, Wright County the daughter of Adolph & Ida Uecker Goerke.
Erna was baptized on October 2nd, 1921 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. She was also instructed and confirmed in the Christian faith on April 4, 1935 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Her Confirmation verse was Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
On October 4, 1943, Erna L. Goerke and Arthur J. Elfmann were joined in holy marriage. God blessed their marriage with three children: Sharon, Judy and Michael.
Erna and Art lived on his family’s homestead in Albion Township, Wright County and engaged in dairy farming for many years. Erna also was formerly employed at The Carlson Doll Company in Maple Lake and as a caregiver at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.
She was a faithful, lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township and also belonged to the L.W.M.L.
Erna was a devoted & loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She always took special pride in her family.
Survived by children: Sharon (Don) Olean of Annandale, Judy (Ron) Peterson and Michael Elfmann all of Maple Lake; six grandchildren: Mark (Barb) Olean, Melissa (Adam) Perry, Melanie (Jared) Frederick, Sean (Kristi) Peterson, Jason (Susan) Peterson and Tracy (James) Carlson; six great grandchildren: Trevor & Tanner Olean, Caden & Griffin Peterson, Noah Peterson and Gavin Carlson; two sisters-in-law: Dora Schmidt of Coon Rapids and Glady Goerke of Maple Lake; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband: Arthur J. Elfmann, a great grandson: Daniel Clarence Olean, her parents and by nine brothers and sisters: Ted, Lydia, Ida, Ella, Adolph, Arthur, Walter, Herbert and Esther.
Funeral services for Erna Elfmann will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 1:30 P.M. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, rural Annandale. Interment Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Machula will officiate. Organists will be Ruth Goerke and Jeanette Beckala.
A visitation will be held on Friday, December 11th from 4-8 P.M. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 P.M.
Further visitation will be held on Saturday, December 12th one hour prior to services at the church.
Casket Bearers will be Mark Olean, Sean Peterson, Jason Peterson, James Carlson, Jared Frederick and Adam Perry.