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Elsie Kischer

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Elsie Kischer
Elsie Kischer, 98, of Spencer, and formerly of Albert City, died Oct. 23, 2009, at Longhouse Residence Nursing Home in Spencer.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 26, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Burial will be in the Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie Marie Hansen Kischer, daughter of Carl G. and Anna (Morck) Hansen, was born Aug. 13, 1911, in Story County, Iowa. The family later moved, by train, to a farm Northeast of Ruthven. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church of South Walnut, near Graettinger. She attended a rural one-room school through eighth grade. She then worked for a family for room and board to attend high school. She graduated from Ruthven High School in 1929 and attended the University of Commerce in Des Moines. She then began working at the Ruthven Creamery.

Elsie married Roy James Johnson on Jan. 5, 1935. To this union, a daughter Treva was born. They moved to Albert City in the early 1940s, where Elsie was employed by Superior Manufacturing. For three months she made artillery shells for the war effort. Then she moved to the office where she was the bookkeeper for 27 years. She worked from 7 a.m. till 6 p.m., 5 days a week, and Saturday mornings till noon. She received one week of vacation a year.

Roy Johnson passed away in 1954, following a long illness. Elsie married Roy Kischer, Aug. 12, 1965. Following retirement, she was treasurer for St. John Lutheran Church, a member of the NW Aging Board, an election worker, and received The Governor's Volunteer Award in 1991. She enjoyed playing cards, reading and Bible study. The highlight of her later years was a trip to Denmark with her sister, Doris, and brother-in-law, Lester. They visited their cousins there and saw the church where their mother was baptized in 1886.

Elsie moved to Spencer in 2002, where she resided at Sunset Apartments, and later Longhouse Nursing Home.

Even when things were difficult, she was the epitome of grace.

She is survived by her daughter, Treva Johnson of Spencer; her grandson, Dr. Richard Johnson and his wife Maureen of Appleton, Wis.; her great-grandchildren: Jasmine, Julia and Ross Johnson; many nieces and nephews; and the Romaine and Joyce Kischer family of Albert City.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; her brothers: Ray, Maynard, and Evertt Hansen; her sisters: Marilyn Hansen and Doris Randall Johnson; her nephew, Steve Hansen, and others.