Elaine Ehlers, 98

Services for Elaine Ehlers, 98, of Norfolk, formerly of Pierce, were held on Monday, October 10, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Pierce, NE with the Rev. Lucas Miller officiating. Burial was in the Zion East Lutheran Cemetery in rural Hoskins, NE. She died Thursday, October 6, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Norfolk, NE. Memorials are directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pierce, NE and Zion East Lutheran Cemetery in rural Hoskins, NE. Elaine (Herbolsheimer) Ehlers, daughter of Henry and Meta (Koehler) Herbolsheimer, was born on August 30, 1918, near Pierce, NE. She was the oldest of seven children: Myron, Darrell, Lowell, Dale, Delilah and Donrel. Elaine was baptized on September 15, 1918, and confirmed on March 29, 1931, at St. John’s Lutheran Church east of Pierce. She attended Pierce County School District 64 and St. John’s Lutheran School through the eighth grade. She worked on her parents’ farm during the early years of the depression and as a nanny in Norfolk during her later teen years. Elaine married George Ehlers on September 15, 1940, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Elaine and George were blessed with two children, Gerald and LaJean. They made their home on a farm about 10 miles east of Pierce until Elaine’s husband passed away in 1975. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church east of Pierce, becoming a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church when the two churches merged. At Zion East, Elaine taught Sunday school for 19 years and organized the first Vacation Bible School for the youth in the church. She was an  active member of the ladies aid, serving in various leadership positions. She also was a member of a neighborhood organization called the A-Teen Club, which made over 300 quilt tops for charity. Upon moving to Pierce in 1977, Elaine did house cleaning, worked parttime at the Norfolk Daily News and at the Farm and Garden Center in Pierce. She continued her passion for making quilts at the Pierce Senior Center and enjoyed playing cards with friends every Tuesday afternoon, as well as spending time crocheting and embroidery. Having spent most of her life on a farm, she continued to enjoy gardening, flowers and taking care of her yard. She remained in her home in Pierce until the age of 96, at which time she moved to The Meadows Independent Apartments in Norfolk, relocating to a Meadows Assisted Living unit in March of 2016. Elaine is survived by her son, Gerald (Darlene) Ehlers of Ainsworth, NE; her daughter, LaJean (Larry) Moats of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-great- grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dale (Elvena) Herbolsheimer and Donrel (Sandy) Herbolsheimer of Pierce, NE. She was preceded in death by her spouse, George; her parents, Henry and Meta; three brothers, Myron, Darrell and Lowell; and one sister, Delilah (Dean) Frank. Casketbearers were Darin Ehlers, Todd Moats, Bryce Crist, Cole Gibbens, Nathan Pence and Kaleb Pence. Honorary casketbearers were Rhonda Hoffmann, Tracy Gibbens, Kristin Pence, MaKenzie Gibbens, Caitlan Crist, Sydney Simmons, Nicole Walz, Danielle Ihle and Derek Hoffmann. Music was provided by organist Jean Zautke and soloist Jill McElhose singing “How Great Thou Art.” Congregational hymns were “Abide with Me” and “Asleep in Jesus.” Online condolences may sent to www.stonacekfunerallchapel.com.

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