Elaine E. Sather, 95, of Sauk Rapids and formerly of Franklin, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, at St. Cloud Hospital. Services were held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Sauk Rapids Tuesday, November 19, 2013. A graveside service was held at Hauge’s Cemetery, Central Lutheran Church, rural Franklin.
Arrangements were with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. Guestbook is available at nelsonmartinfuneralservices.com.
Memorials are preferred to one of her two churches or to the LCMS Disaster Relief for typhoon aid to the Philippines, which Elaine visited and loved.
Elaine Elenora Sather was born April 22, 1918, in Crandon, S.D., to Edwin and Emma (Meinert) Harmening. After losing their farm during the 1930s Dust Bowl, they moved to Cobden. To help rebuild the family livelihood, Elaine worked as a hired girl in the area and as a waitress in Franklin.
Elaine married Elmer Sather May 20, 1941, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield. They made their home in Franklin where they raised two daughters and were active community members. Elaine volunteered in many jobs at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, was a founding member of the Civic Club, active in the Senior Center and a leader of TOPS. She worked as an egg candler at the family business, Franklin Produce Co., as a crafts director/aide at the Franklin Nursing Home, and as an Avon Lady. In retirement, she and Elmer visited Hawaii and spent 15 winters on the Mississippi Coast. Elaine enjoyed sewing, knitting, playing cards and walking. She baked many treats for the senior center and for those who cared for Elmer at the nursing home as well as demonstrating lefse making at area nursing homes for several years.
Elaine moved to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home Community of Sauk Rapids in 2006. At the Oaks Apts. she enjoyed making new friends and joined Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lutheran Women in Mission, and Red Hats. She loved bingo and pokeno. Since July 2012, she had resided at the Memory Cottages. She continued her baking hobby at these facilities.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon (Ronald) Eickhoff, St. Cloud and Ardyne (Gerald) Pickard, Ocean Springs, Miss.; grandchildren Bill Eickhoff of Esko, Lea Pickard (Douglas White) of Jackson, Miss., Mitch Eickhoff of St. Cloud, Nathan (Jessica Mueller) Eickhoff of Minneapolis and three great-grandchildren, Hunter and Olivia Eickhoff and Jack Pickard-White.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Mildred Jenzen of Springfield.
Blessed be her memory.