Elsie L. Hjelseth, 80, Schaffer, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.
She was born on July 11, 1935 in Pettibone, ND, daughter of Slim and Billie (Zimmerman) Dursma.
Elsie was raised in Carrington, ND and moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1978. She resided in Kingsford and Feltch before settling in Schaffer.
She enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Elsie is survived by her children, Clark Hjelseth who lives overseas, Brent Hjelseth of Missoula, MT, Joseph (Linda) Newton of Bark River, and CeCelia Keenan of Schaffer; siblings, Lee Dursma, Dale Dursma, Lynda Sanders, Pearl Christopher, Ray Jerrel, and Curt Dursma; grandchildren, Scott Jacobson, David Kotula, Chad Newton, Rachel Newton, and Samantha Keenan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Melodey Hjelseth; son, Mark Newton; and siblings, Erma, Dallas and Sena.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 4 p.m. with Pastor Lewis Hague officiating.
Burial will be in Florence-Carlton Cemetery in Montana.
In lieu of flowers, memorials my directed to UP Health Systems Home Care and Hospice, 2420 1st Ave. South, Suite 102, Escanaba, MI 49829.
Letters of condolence may be sent to Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba, MI 49829.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Hjelseth family.