H. Elaine Thorsell, age 77, passed away Friday evening, January 14, 2011 at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
She was born January 27, 1933, at Niagara, North Dakota, the daughter of Selmer “Sam” and Helen (Anderson) Frydenlund. As a young girl she attended school in Larimore, North Dakota, graduating from Larimore High School. She later attended the University of North Dakota where she received her degree in Medical Technology and was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
On July 5, 1956, she married Darrell Thorsell at East Grand Forks, Minnesota. After their marriage the couple made their home in Chanute, Kansas. Later in 1964 they moved to Meade, Kansas, where they have made their home. Over the years she worked for various hospitals, Home Lumber and Supply, and the United States government.
She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, LWML, BPW, AAUW, Thrivent Financial, VFW Auxiliary, the Meade Golf Club, and an investment club. Elaine enjoyed serving the community through various civic organizations, golfing, knitting, and was an avid reader.
She is survived by:
Her husband, Darrell Thorsell of Meade, Kansas
Two sons, Dean Thorsell and wife, Lilli of Oak Hill, Virginia
Jeff Thorsell and wife, Sally of Douglas, Wyoming
Two daughters, Debbie Klempnauer and husband, Dan of Roeland Park, Kansas
Annie McCauley and husband, Alex of Overland Park, Kansas
A niece, Martha Neally Attanasio of Moraga, California
Two brothers, Bob Frydenlund of New Richmond, Wisconsin
Bruce Frydenlund of West Linn, Oregon
A sister, Ruth Ritchie of Vancouver Washington
Thirteen grandchildren Four great-grandchildren
She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Donald Frydenlund; and a sister, Betty Neally.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2011 at St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, with the Reverend Lynn E. Spencer presiding. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to St. John Lutheran Church, Meade Public Library, or the Meade Golf Club in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com