Dec. 27, 1916-July 7, 2011
Elsie Lund, 94, of Stanley, N.D., died Thursday, July 7, in a Stanley nursing home. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 2 p.m., in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ross, N.D. Visitation is today, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Springan Funeral Home in Stanley. Burial is in Rosehill Cemetery, Ross.
Elsie Henrietta Lund was born Dec. 27, 1916, to Paul and Theresa "Henrietta" (Schmidt-Markel) Tabbert at the family farm four miles southeast of Ross, in Alger Township.
Elsie graduated from eighth grade at the rural Alger School. Due to her mother passing away and the Great Depression, Elsie helped her father on the farm, developing a love for the great outdoors. She also worked for neighbors and helped care for her younger brother. Elsie worked many places at various jobs, including Stanley, Minot, N.D., eastern North Dakota, Yankton, S.D.; Springfield, Ill.; and for the war effort in Los Angeles, Calif., before returning to Stanley.
Elsie married Helmer Lund on March 22, 1947, at St. Paul Lutheran Parsonage in Stanley. They farmed south of Ross. During their early years of farming they lived four miles south of Ross for about 30 years, and then moved to the south edge of Ross. In early December 2009, Elsie moved to the Mountrail County Bethel Home in Stanley, where she resided until her death.
Elsie's hobbies included fishing, flowers, gardening and visiting with friends and family. Many young children have fond memories of her patiently helping them learn to fish, along with enjoying a picnic. Elsie had a love for playing the guitar and singing country songs, entertaining people in many talent shows. The highlight was when she played on the radio in Yankton. She also mastered the talent of yodeling. Elsie enjoyed giving to family and friends. She took great pleasure in growing a garden and giving away the produce.
She loved to visit with family, friends or total strangers who would cross her path, and you would hear her laugh and see her kind smile. Through the years many family gatherings were held at the Lund farm.
She belonged to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Stanley, and when it closed joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ross. She was active in the Ladies Church groups, several birthday clubs, the Ross American Legion Auxiliary, Stanley Community Hospital Auxiliary, Ross Senior Citizens and served on the Mountrail County Bethel Home Board of Directors.
Elsie is survived by: her husband, Helmer; sons, Alton (Lynn) of Noonan, N.D., and Allen (Debbie) of Ross; daughter, Darlene (Will) Tiffany, of Towner, N.D.; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Dobratz, of Hutchinson, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Lois Tabbert, of Cottage Grove, Minn., Ann Brandt, of Crosby, N.D., Olga Furhman, of Harvey, N.D., Betty Lund, of Oviedo, Fla., and Bernice Lund, of Tioga, N.D.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Martha Holm; brother, Ernest Tabbert; half sisters, Frieda Rahn and Gertrude Ellis; and two grandchildren, Tyler and Jarred Lund.
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