Elsie Oveson

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Oveson, 96, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at First Congregational Church in Spencer, with Rev. Thomas Van Tassell officiating.

Public gathering with the family present will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Burial at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Oveson passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.

Elsie Vetter Oveson was born on Jan. 20, 1916, in Eureka, S.D. to Frank and Eva Vetter. After high school graduation, she attended Aberdeen State College in Aberdeen, S.D. where she attained her Teaching Certificate. It was there that she met her future husband, Olger Oveson. After college, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse for two years. Elsie and Olger were married on June 7, 1936, in Eureka, S.D. Elsie worked at J.C. Penney's stores in several locations in South Dakota while Olger managed Gamble Hardware Stores. In 1957, Olger had the opportunity to buy a Gamble Store in Clara City, Minn. where Elsie worked happily by his side until they retired in 1978. At this time they purchased a mobile home in Windsor Park in Mesa, Ariz. They spent many wonderful years living six months in Mesa and six months at their cottage on Diamond Lake in Minnesota.

After Olger passed away in 1989, the cottage was sold and Elsie enjoyed a very active life with her many friends in Mesa, Ariz. Elsie was an avid reader, loved playing bridge, doing water aerobics, going to plays and baking. She was known throughout the years for her fabulous caramel rolls and chicken rice soup. Elsie was a devoted member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City, Minn. where she also taught Sunday School and she was a faithful member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church while living in Mesa, Ariz.

At the age of 90, Elsie came to live in Spencer, and be near her family. Elsie's greatest joy in life was her family. Elsie was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Olger; sister, Loraine (Don) Heil; and brother, Reed Vetter.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Pat Miller and Sandy (Doug) Hart; her grandchildren: Angie (Brian) Fassbender and Adam Hart: and her great-grandchildren: Sophia, Isabella, and Emma Fassbender; sister, Vivian Lutz; and sister-in-law, Barb Vetter; other relatives and many wonderful friends.

Let us rejoice in her life, cherish the memories and be comforted by God's promise of eternal peace in His loving care.

Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.