Aune, Ingrid Elsie “Elsie” (Carlson) (1925-2004)

Elsie Aune, 78, died on Friday, May 14, 2004 at the Karlstad Health Care Center in Karlstad.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 17, at the United Lutheran Church in Gatzke, with Rev. Jim Field officiating. Casket bearers included Michael Ruud, Jonathan Aune, Darrin Larson, Nicole Peterson, Tammy Hemmah, Karl Anderson, Justin Aune and Preston Peterson. Interment was held at Moose River Cemetery  in Gatzke.

Ingrid Elsie Sophia Carlson was born on November 26, 1925 in Warren, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Jonsson) Carlson, immigrants from Sweden. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at Thief Lake Lutheran Church. Elsie attended Shady Nook School in Como Township and graduated from Middle River High School in 1943 as the Valedictorian.

On July 31, 1943 she was united in marriage to Peter O. Aune in Thief River Falls. The couple made their home on the Aune family farm in Moose River Township, near Gatzke. She attended teacher’s training in Thief River Falls and began her teaching career at Cloverleaf School. In the summer of 1944, she and Peter’s sister, Emma, helped the war effort cleaning airplanes in Seattle.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University in 1969. Elsie obtained additional certifications in reading disabilities and learning disabilities and went on to earn her master of education degree in 1975. She taught in various schools in the area including the Silver Ridge Country School, Tin School, Grass Lake Country School and Greenbush Public Schools, retiring in 1986.

Elsie was a lifetime member of United Lutheran and Thief Lake parishes where she served as a Sunday school teacher, women’s group officer, chairperson of United’s 100th Anniversary committee, WELCA Synod Board Member, and volunteered time with the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She also spent many years as a 4-H leader, and held offices with Sons of Norway, AAL and the Lutheran Brotherhood. She was a life long learner, enjoyed reading, making quilts, square dancing, traveling to Norway, Sweden and Hawaii. She also enjoyed sewing, painting, rosemalling, spending time at their cabin at Lake of the Woods and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Elsie loved wildflowers, especially lady slippers, and was very proud of her Swedish heritage.

Survivors include her husband Peter O. Aune of Gatzke; seven children, Alan (Karen) Aune of Ham Lake, Janet (Robert) Anderson of Thief River Falls, Elaine (Wayne) Ruud of Karlstad, Elroy (Debbie) Aune of Gatzke, Anella (Donald) Sufka of Anoka, Arlys (Jerry) Strandberg of Middle River and Elma (Michael) Peterson of Thief River Falls; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roy (Emma) Carlson and Raymond (Grace) Carlson; sister, Doris Paskewitz, all of Florida; sisters-in-law Ragna (Myron) Haraldson, Evelyn (Leroy) Davidson, Emma Anderson and her special friend Berger Andeen and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and a great grandson.

Found at:  Find A Grave Memorial # 38362539

Transcribed by:  Cheryl Srnsky