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Elsie Ellen Anderson

July 29, 1929 - October 12, 2018
From: Royal, IA
Elsie Ellen Anderson

Elsie Ellen Anderson

Born: July 29, 1929
Died: October 12, 2018
Age: 89

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     Elsie Ellen (Gordey) Anderson, daughter of John & Mary (Popowich) Gordey was born on July 29, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. She received her early education there and after graduating from high school she attended Alberta College in Edmonton. A highlight of her childhood years was spending the summers at her grandparents’ farm near the village of Willingdon in central Alberta. She would fondly recall the memories of fun times spent with her cousins and sharing in the daily farm chores.

     Elsie married Leonard Anderson on August 19, 1950 in Edmonton. Following their marriage they settled on the Anderson family farm one mile north of Royal where she and Leonard farmed for many years. They had three girls – Valorie, Laurie and Mary Ann. Their home overflowed with love and music and many happy memories were made over the years.

      Elsie was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal where she had been baptized. She belonged to a church circle Bible study group and taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the Silver Maple Rebekah Lodge of Royal, the SPARK Amateur Radio Club and a local birthday club.

   Elsie enjoyed sewing and gardening. She was also an excellent cook and baker. Her pies were a family favorite. In keeping with the tradition of her Ukrainian heritage, holiday dinners would always include a roaster full of Holopchi (cabbage rolls) and in recent years this cooking project became a family event, with everyone learning the art of rolling cabbage. But most of all, Elsie treasured the traditional Sunday gathering of family and especially the time spent with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

     Elsie passed away on Friday, October 12 surrounded by her children. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard on August 14, 2009; by her parents, her sister, Sadie, two brothers, Ernie and Peter, and a nephew, Noel, all of Canada; and her son-in-law, Robert Van Ampting and grandson, Marcus Van Ampting of Spencer.

     Left to cherish her memory are three daughters: Valorie Van Ampting, Laurie (Don) Conlon and Mary Ann (Gordon) Quail; five grandchildren: Jason, Lisa, Nathan, Adam and Josh; and great-granddaughter, Aaliyah; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa.
Pastor Mark Wilms
Joshua Quail
Nathan Conlon
Adam Quail
Jason VanAmpting
Gordon Quail
Don Conlon
Visitation with the family will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 15, at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, Iowa.
"He Looked Beyond My Faults"
by Marcia Steffen

"My God And I"
"This Is My Father's World"

Sue Brugman
Willow Creek Cemetery
Royal, Iowa


Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:56 PM
“Not good at condolences, but I remember Elsie and Leonard,

My father, Ted Erickson and Leonard were good friends and business associates. Leonard gave me my first plane ride in his Piper PA-12. I ended up getting my pilot license because of that ride and I also infected my nephew who now works for a living flying Gulfstream Jets.
My first plane I had was also a PA-12, and unknown to me that was the plane I had my first ride in that I found out later was Leonard's plane.
A little late on the Condolence here. We live in NH. Rest in peace Leonard and Elsie. Best Wishes, David & Betty Erickson

Best Wishes!”
- David Erickson
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM
“Dear Valorie, Laurie, and Mary Ann,
I will pray for comfort, healing, and peace for you and your families.
Love and Prayers,
Raye ”
- Elana Raye Schumacher
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 4:42 PM
“Sad to hear cousin Else passed away, my condolences to the family. The last time I saw Elsie and family was at Peter Gordey's memorial service in Exshaw Alberta. Many decades ago I had a brief encounter with May Ann providing transportation to some where I can no longer remember. Viewing the memorial video brought back fond memories of Aunty Mary, Uncle John, Ernie, Noel & Sadie . My self I turned 79 in Aug and live in a suburb off Montreal with my second wife, first wife Adeline died 10 years ago. I have 3 children Shauna, Paul (deceased), Laura and Brian. I moved from Alberta to Quebec in 1962 after graduating in Engineering from University of Alberta, worked in communications Engineering for 50 years. I seldom crossed paths with Else. I still remembered Lenard landing his Piper Cub on our farm in Willingdon when I was still probably like 10 years old. Would be honored to have some body contacted me. Sincere regards to the Family.
- Edward Sorochan
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:33 PM
“So very sorry to hear of your mothers passing Mary. My prayers to you and your family!”
- Jo Runkle
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4:54 PM
“I never had the privilege of meeting your mom, but loved the stories you would share about her and all the wonderful times and memories you made together. She was a very special lady and touched many lives. May God's peace and comfort be yours in the days/weeks ahead.”
- Barb Van Wyk
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:40 PM
“It is hard saying "Good bye" to your my prayer for the three of you , and your families, is that God gives your peace and strength. I know you have so many loving memories that you can cherish. Cling to them!! ”
- Audrey Sc hmidt
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:59 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Maynard and Corinne Dahl”
- Corinne Dahl
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:35 AM
“Elsies girls and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Elsie for her spunk and tenacity. She never gave up on anything! We will really miss her! Again we will miss her!”
- Lance,Lori Lundbeck
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:32 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your mom well, but enjoyed visiting with her in years past. I know she was a great woman because she raised three awesome daughters. May her soul rest in peace. Take care.”
- Shirley Selzer
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 3:36 PM
“MaryAnn & Val, My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Your mom was such a sweet lady! Hugs to you.”
- Teresa Steuben
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:19 PM
“So sad to hear about the loss of your Mom. My Sympathy.”
- Diane Mozena
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:19 PM
“Many, many great memories of Aunt Elsie. Loved going to the farm when growing up. She made the best ever egg salad sandwiches, as well as so many other things. Like my mom, she was an absolutely fantastic cook. Also, she was a very strong woman through the good times and the bad. She set an example for all women. Loved her. So very sorry that she passed. Love and prayers to the girls/family. She will be greatly missed. May the Lord comfort all as only He can.”
- Terri Anderson Gonnerman
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry for your loss~”
- Lisa Kaiser (Johnson)
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:29 AM
“So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. She was a very strong lady to have lived in her rural home so long. Prayers for each of you.”
- Myra Coover
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:27 AM
“Laurie and Family, I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother.
May you all feel the comfort of our Lord with his arms around you and know she is in His keeping.”
- Robin Schmidt
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:09 AM
“Lauri, Mary Ann, and Valerie families, sorry for your loss. of your mom, you are all in my prayers.
- LuAnn Thomsen
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:09 AM
“Elsie was such a kind and gentle lady, whose lifelong friendship has been treasured. She will be greatly missed. You have been and will remain in our prayers.”
- Marcia Steffen & Carol Albers
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