Ryba, Elsie Violet (Lien) (1928-2004)

Elsie V. Ryba, 76, died on July 28, 2004 at Northwest Medical Center, CNC Unit, Thief River Falls, MN. She had resided there for the past two years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at First Lutheran Church in Middle River with Pastor Curt Matz and Pastor Michael Johnson officiating.

Casket bearers included grandchilden, Kevin Davidson, Corey Davidson, Kelly Kruta, Matt Kasprowicz, Eric Kasprowicz, Tyler Ryba and Nolen Ryba. Interment was held at Riverside Cemetery in Middle River.

Elsie Violet Ryba, the daughter of Ingvald and Mary (Bakkum) Lien, was born on June 25, 1928 in Walsh County, Near Edinburg, ND. She attended school and grew to womanhood there, and was baptized into the Christian faith.

On September 9, 1949, Elsie was united in marriage to Ernest Ryba in Crookston. Ernest and Elsie made their home at Fargo for two years, then moved to Lankin, ND.

In 1953, they moved to their farm in Como Township of Marshall County, near Middle River. Ernest passed away November 30, 1981 and Elsie continued to make her home on the farm until 1994 when she moved to the Royal Manor in Middle River.

Elsie enjoyed bingo, quilting, needle point work and especially following her grandson, Corey, in his snowmobile racing competition.

She is survived by three sons: Roger (LeMae) of Middle River, Gary (Kristine) of Warroad and Arnold of Thief River Falls; three daughters: Sharon (Ron) Davidson of Holt, Gail (Ted) Kruta of Strathcona, and April (Tom) Kasprowicz of Roseau; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister: Norma (Earl) Walton of Middle River; three sisters-in-law: Betty Ryba of Minot, ND, Betty Lien of Grafton, ND, and Mayme Lien of Conway, ND; in addition to several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one granddaughter; two sisters: Verna and Inez; and four brothers: Walter, Ernest, Victor and Eldon.

[Interred Riverside cemetery (Cedar Twp)]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky