Jeanette Elbers, 87

Jeanette Elbers, a resident of Little Falls, formerly of Pierz, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.

Funeral services will be held at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Franzmeier officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, north of Little Falls.

Jeanette was born Oct. 20, 1924, to the late Harry and Marie (Zimmerman) Ellgen in Lake Wilson. She grew up and lived in Lake Wilson and attended school in Lake Benton. She later moved with her family to Sioux Falls, S.D. There she worked at JC Penney and Hormel. On Sept. 10, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gilbert (Bud) Elbers. Together they farmed and raised four children in the Russell area until Gilbert moved the family to California, where he was a carpenter and Jeanette a dedicated housewife. After seven years, the family moved back to the Buckman area, where they continued to farm. Jeanette worked for Gruber’s Market in Genola and later for Britz’s Store in Buckman. In 2006, they moved from the farm to Little Falls. Jeanette continued with her activities at the Dixville Church. She loved being with friends and family, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved cooking, going fishing with her grandchildren, reading and in her earlier years, drawing which she was particularly good at. She was also known to always have a big garden on the farm.


Jeanette is survived by sons, Gilbert Dean (Linda) Elbers of New Brighton, Steven (Colleen) Elbers of Webster, Texas and Rande Elbers of St. Louis Park; daughter, Jill (Richard) Berg of Little Falls; sisters, Fern Norgaard of Elkton, S.D., Darlene Zeimet of Lansing, Iowa and Harriet Gedsted of Bolivar, Mo.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert; parents, Harry and Marie Ellgen; an infant son; and grandson, Casey Elbers.