Elsie Minnie Fode was born July 12, 1916 near Osmond, Neb., to William and Rosa (Kumm) Lindwurm. She died March 11, 2018 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke at the age of 101.
Elsie was baptized on Sept. 17, 1916, and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith. When she was almost four years old, her mother passed away with the flu. A year later she moved by train, along with her father, older sister Christina and twin sister Ella to Carlock, South Dakota. This move was so the family could be near their brother William and sister Rosie, who were staying with grandparents Rosina and George Lindwurm. On Nov. 26, 1922, their new mother, Lena Kahler Lindwurm joined their family.
Elsie attended Pleasant View school for eight years.
On May 5, 1935, she married Oscar Fode at her parents home. To this union three daughters were born: Norma, Mary Anne and Janice. In 1966 they retired from farming and moved into Burke. Elsie worked for Halls Café and Fernaus Grocery Store. She enjoyed working in her garden, flower beds, going to bingo, dancing and playing cards with family and friends.
Oscar passed away May 31, 1991 and Elsie continued to live at Parkview Manor in Burke until moving to Silver Threads in Gregory.
Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; her sons-in-law: Harold Stahlecker, Del Carr and Jack Murray; her parents; her step-mother; her sisters: Tena Neuharth, Ella Hanson, Rosie Sengelmann and Esther Brain; an infant brother and her brother Philip Lindwurm.
Elsie is survived by her three daughters: Norma Murray of Norfolk, NE; Mary Anne Carr of Fort Collins, CO; and Janice (Arvid) Lindquist of Gregory, SD; her grandchildren: Steve and Mark Lindquist, Doug, Randy and Terry Carr; Kristi Herin and Kathi Slavik; Rick Stahlecker, Lorrie Milton and Mary Lee Tobin; 20 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren; her brother, William; her sister, Alvina Wonnenberg as well as several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.