Elsie Mathilda Weseloh, age 92, of Buffalo Lake, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at the Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson.
She was born Dec. 29, 1922, in rural Buffalo Lake, Renville County, the daughter of August and Amanda (Kaddatz) Stueber. Elsie lost her mother before her teenage years, and she helped fill that void in her family by doing more housework, cooking, and even farm chores. Even though she was the youngest of 12 children, it was what was needed.
She was baptized as an infant at her parents’ home, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth, April 5, 1936, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Township, Renville County.
Elsie received her education at a country school in Boon Lake Township, Renville County. She lived with her brother, Mart, and Mary, in rural Hector and Buffalo Lake for years.
Following World War II, Elsie married Gustave “Gus” Weseloh Dec. 8, 1951. Gus was one of 13 children who lived on a nearby farm, and two of their siblings also married, creating an even larger family in the Boon Lake area, again reinforcing the importance of family in her life.
Following their marriage, Elsie, Gus, Mary and Mart returned to the family farm, and two children, Gus, Sept. 17, 1956, and Kathy, March 5, 1966, joined them.
Weeks after the birth of the second child, Elsie lost her husband to a heart attack April 9, 1966. Showing her strength, she raised both children, continued to care for her sister, Mary, who needed help due to polio; and managed the farm as a business to pay the bills.
She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, and relied on her faith during the difficult times.
Even when there was work to do, Elsie welcomed others to her home for coffee and cookies. She hosted every holiday and everyone was welcome. She loved to bake and cook, enjoyed tending to her gardens, reading, completing various puzzles, sewing, and quilting. She also attended concerts and sporting events that involved her children and grandchildren. She especially cherished spending time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, sharing her homemade, sugary treats.
When it was no longer safe for Elsie to live alone on the family farm, she agreed to move to Hutchinson, joining the family at the Ecumen Oaks, where she continued to enjoy coffee and visits.
Elsie’s strength, courage, and commitment to others, serve as a guide and inspiration to those she leaves behind.
Elsie is survived by her children, Gus Weseloh and his wife, LuAnn of Dassel, and Kathy Kalenberg and her husband, Rich of Buffalo Lake; grandchildren Tom Weseloh, Beth Weseloh and her fiancé, Tony Mikolichek, Katie Kalenberg, and Ricky Kalenberg; and great-grandchildren Alexis Weseloh and Jazmine Hankins; as well as many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Gus, Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, August and Amanda Stueber; and brothers and sisters, (twins) Tilla Rathbun and Linda Retzlaff, Albert Stueber, Walter Stueber, Marie Stueber, (twins) Anna Weseloh and Emil Stueber, (twins) Bertha Kamrath and Herman Stueber, Arthur Stueber, and Martin Stueber.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, with Pastor Marlaine Doidge officiating. Charles Lietzau was the organist. Congregational hymns included “Children Of The Heavenly Father,” “Amazing Grace,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”
Casket bearers were Thomas Weseloh, Elizabeth Weseloh, Charles Melberg, James Stueber, Ralph Stueber, and Larry Stueber.
Honorary bearers were Kaite Kalenberg, Ricky Kalenberg, Alexis Weseloh, and Jazmine Hankins.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.