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July 27, 1929 – Saturday, January 21, 2017

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, January 26, 2017
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, January 26, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Harriet Jane Elletson Mooney (Carter, Ilstrup), age 87 of Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 21, 2017. She was born July 27, 1929, the daughter of Reuben and Myrtle (Cunningham) Elletson.

We are celebrating the life and many dances of our mother and grandmother. She was funny and fun, and touched so many with her kindness.

She lived with a spirited independence and a loving respect for all human and animal life. She was loved by all who knew her, always gave of herself to family and friends. She loved crafting, quilting, sewing, gardening, camping and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren were the love of her life. Her sense of love and God’s spirit will live on in all of us.

Preceded in death by her husbands, Chuck Mooney, Glenn Ilstrup, George Carter; parents, Reuben and Myrtle Elletson; brother, Gerald Elletson; sister, Lorraine Barten; beloved son, Bruce Ilstrup; son-in-law, Richard Shelso; and grandson, Seamus Mooney.

She is survived by her daughter, Candice Shelso Wells (Byron Wells); son, Michael Carter (Karin); daughter, Diane Ilstrup; son, Kevin Mooney (Jeanine); step-children, Mary Mooney, Cathy Moe (Ron), Patrick Mooney; dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Scharfschwerdt; and family and friends.

Memorial service for Harriet Mooney will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Buffalo Senior Center or the American Lung Association.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Maryann Williams

    Dearest Family,
    Grandma Harriet stole my heart the first time we met and she wrapped me in her arms and told me how much she loved me. At that moment, it didn’t matter that I was 30 years old and we had just met, she was my grandmother and what a dear woman she was. We are keeping you all in our prayers and wishing we were closer to be there to celebrate her wonderful life with her very special family. Sending our love and hugs your way.
    Maryann, Drew, Nick, Dan, Tim and Jon Williams

  2. Rebecca Jones

    Dear Diane and Family; Please accept my condolences for your loss. No words can describe your pain and sorrow but know that she is in a safe place and she will continue to watch over you and you will feel her presence. Sincerely, Rebecca Jones and Family

  3. Ken & Beth Pechumer

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. mlove you

  4. Darlene Bechtold

    Harriet was a beautiful person. We played Euchre together many Monday evenings at the Buffalo Community Center. Not that long ago she came to play Hand and Foot on a Friday morning. She was always smiling, even when not feeling quite so well. I will miss her smile and thoughtful words.


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