Elsie Pearl Riebe, age 82, of Dassel, formerly of Darwin, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care in Dassel.
She was born March 21, 1932, in Darwin, the daughter of Arthur and Lilla (Colburn) Sandberg. Elsie grew up in Darwin, and attended District 42, for her education. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.
Elsie was united in marriage to Gilbert Riebe June 5, 1948, at the Ellsworth Lutheran Church in rural Darwin. The couple made their home in Darwin.
Upon Gilbert’s death, Elsie moved to Gloria Dei in Litchfield, before moving to Dassel.
Elsie had been employed by National Connector and later, Fabri-tec in Cokato, where she retired.
She loved to spend time in her garden, collecting and reading recipes, baking, cooking, taking pictures, listening to Christian radio and television, listening to Norma Burke, embroidery, playing games with nephews, babysitting nieces and nephews, spending time with extended family, and even enjoyed yodeling.
Elsie especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; each and every one was special to her.
She is survived by her children, Irene (Jim) Stewart of Dassel, and Eugene (Sheila) Riebe of Circle Pines; four grandchildren, Brent (Kimberly) Stewart, Bonnie Nelsen, Timothy Riebe, and Taylor Riebe; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Maidl, Marissa Engquist, and Lacie Nelsen; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In addition to her husband, Gilbert, Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Florence Lukanen, George Porth, and Harold “Shorty” Porth.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.
There was visitation Friday evening, Sept. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, and one hour prior to the service Saturday.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.