Obituary

Elsie L. Hjelseth

Resided in Schaffer, MI
Died January 21st, 2016

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.

7 Tributes to “Elsie L. Hjelseth”

  1. We were friends:
    No beginning
    No end!
    Always love you and will surely miss you.
    Karen & Bob Seelund

  2. We are deeply saddened by the loss of my aunt, my father’s sister. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. She will be truly missed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences.

  3. I’m really going to miss you, Mom!!! I hope you know how loved you were!

  4. Thank you so very much for being a beautiful, kind, tell it like it is, aunt. I will miss your visits, you coming to stay with Pearl is one of my fondest memories. Love you lots and miss you more!

  5. Elsie was a dear customer of mine when I worked at State Farm. My prayers are with her family!

  6. Clark, Brent, Joe, CeCee and your families,
    I want to say your mom let me be a part of your family for just a short time- but it meant the world to me. I know the courage, strength & dignity she had to face her last days was easier because she had all of you with her.
    This wish I share with you:

    “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye..”

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