Elsie E. Sandquist, age 82, of Watertown, passed away Monday Oct. 7, 2013, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Beatrice, NE, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Miller) Heyen. Elsie was baptized and confirmed in Beatrice, NE.
She was united in marriage to Glen Sandquist May 26, 1954, in Beatrice, NE.
Elsie loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She played the organ at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown for 35 years, and was involved in every aspect of the music ministry. Music was her passion, and Elsie gave thousands of piano lessons to many people throughout the community.
She enjoyed having a cup of coffee and visiting with anyone. Elsie and Glen would travel the country together attending horseshoe tournaments, where Elsie enjoyed visiting with everyone there. One of her greatest pleasures was taking houseboat trips in northern Minnesota.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna Heyen; and sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Esther and Woodrow Titrud, Donald Cornell, and Marvin Tonn.
She is survived by her loving family: husband Glen; sons and daughters-in-law Eric and Gretchen Sandquist of Cokato, Curt and Pat Sandquist, and Alden and Michelle Sandquist, all of Watertown; grandchildren Jennifer Sandquist, Eran and Melissa Sandquist, Jessica and Scott Lodermeier, Joy and Chris Vervais, Eli and Nicole Sandquist, Errol Sandquist and Cecily, Aaron Peterson, Brooke Sandquist and Kyle, Mark Sandquist, Scott Sandquist, and Luke Sandquist; and great-grandchildren Jayden, Isaac, Emma, Ava, Anna, and Isabel.
Elsie is further survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mabel Tonn of Lester Prairie, Gladys Cornell of Watertown, Alvin and Eleanor Sandquist of Granite Falls, Lois and Harold Severson of Lester Prairie, and Mary Ann and Roger Kamann of Aitkin; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. David Weeks officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, and continued Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Elsie’s grandsons: Mark Sandquist, Luke Sandquist, Eran Sandquist, Eli Sandquist, Errol Sandquist, Scott Sandquist, and Aaron Peterson.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.