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Elsie Thompson Lefrooth, 99

Elsie Thompson Lefrooth was born to Ole and Kristina (Bolin) Thompson on June 18, 1911 in her Grandfather Peder Thompson’s log house in Lincoln Township of Marshall County.  She was the fourth child of the family of twelve children.
She grew up on the farm without electricity which meant no indoor bathroom, lamps and lanterns for light, carrying in water from the outside well, milking cows by hand, washing cloths on the wash board and tub wringer, churning butter by the “stomper method,” and cooling milk and cream by hanging them in the well.  Most every Sunday, neighbor kids would come and have a lively baseball game or play tag, hide-and-seek, and last couple out, etc.
She attended the Strandquist Consolidated School No. 65 and graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1931.  She was employed for 4 ½ years at Martin Myskowski’s General Store for $5.00 a week plus room at the Portland Hotel.  This amounted to 83 cents per day with hours being from 8 am to 9 pm with Wednesday evenings off after her boss had his supper.  The last year her wages were increased to $1.00 a day.
She married Edwin Lefrooth on February 2, 1936.  They loved to travel and made several trips up to northern Saskatchewan Canada to visit his relatives, and also to Elsie’s sister in Kalispell, Montana, and to the Glacier National Park.
In 1967, Edwin, Elsie, and Elaine spent 5 weeks in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.  While there, they were 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and it was daylight almost all night.
Elsie was widowed in 1974 and continued living on the farm south of Strandquist until 1980 when she moved to Karlstad.  In May of 1975, Elsie had company from Sweden, the Perssons.  She accompanied them to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Calgary, Alberta; through beautiful British Columbia to Vancouver, Washington, and down to Yellow Stone National Park, then home.  The fall of 1975 she went on a 10-day tour of the Holy Lands including Tel Aviv, Haifa, a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee from Capernaum to Tiberius, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Rome, Athens, Corinth and many other places of interest.
In 1978, Elsie, together with son Vance and his wife Adrienne visited many friends and relatives in Sweden.
In 1980, she and son Verne and wife Shirley were on a 12-day tour to Israel, Egypt and Rome.  Six days were spent in Israel, five in Africa and one day in Rome.  The tour of Israel was similar to the first trip, including walking up to the Dead Sea, going up to the top of the Masada, and spending a night at a Kibbutz.  In Africa, they stayed at the famous Meda House Hotel facing the pyramids with the beautiful Nile River in full view.  They went on a boat trip down the Nile and then proceeded by bus into Luxor where they visited the Valley of the Kings, which was an unusual experience.  In Rome, they toured the Vatican, Coliseum and churches as well as a few shops.  The night there was spent at a beautiful very old hotel about 20 miles out of Rome named Pamphilia.
In her retirement, Elsie kept busy knitting, crocheting, sewing and making latch hook rugs and quilts.  She was a Sunday School teacher for at least 45 years, both in Strandquist and Karlstad.
The preceding was written by Elsie Lefrooth – date unknown
Elsie lived in her own home until the age of 95, when she became a resident at the Karlstad Healthcare Center.  She passed away peacefully on June 21, 2010 at the age of 99 years and 3 days.
Elsie is survived by her sons Vance (Adrienne) Lefrooth and Donald (Marlys) Lefrooth all of Strandquist; her daughters Marcelyn Lindstrom, Osage and Elaine (David) Grovum, Thief River Falls; her son-in-law Dean Holmstrom,  Strandquist; her daughter-in-law Shirley Lefrooth, Strandquist; as well as 16 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 19 great great grandchildren.  Other survivors include her brother Isaac (Betsy) Thompson, Strandquist; sisters Mrytle Vagle, Gloria Renstrom, Hazel (Morris) Anderson, and Geneva Nordin all of Karlstad, three sisters-in-law: Pearl Thompson, of Karlstad,  Rose Jevne, of Middle River, and Yvonne Borowicz, of St. Paul, MN.;  and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Lefrooth; her parents; son Verne Lefrooth; daughter JoAnne Holmstrom, son-in-law Morris Lindstrom, grandson Robert Anderson; infant granddaughters Carol Ann and Angela Mae Lefrooth; brothers Peter, Ernest, and George Thompson; sisters Dorothy and Bertha Thompson and Mary (Leo) Renstrom, brothers-in-law Lawrence Sands, Roy Vagle, Danny Renstrom, and Willard Nordin; and sister-in-law Julia Thompson.

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