Elaine Seip, of Braham, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Forest Lake. She was 83 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday March, 25, 2009 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Rich Chronis presiding. VISITATION will be from 5-7pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. INTERMENT will be at Fort Snelling National Cemtery at a later date.
MEMORIALS ARE PREFERRED IN LIEU OF FLOWERS
Elaine B. Seip, died on March 22, 2009 at her daughter’s home. She was 83 years old.
Elaine B. Seip (Hoglund) was born May 19, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN. She was the first of two children born to Axel and Minnie Hoglund, who settled their family in Minneapolis, MN. While growing up Elaine attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Elaine worked several years at General Mills as a secretary, which she enjoyed and could always tell great stories about. From there she put in her hard work on the factory line for Control Data.
At the age 25 she met Robert Elmer Seip at a favorite roller skating rink in Minneapolis. On September 8, 1950 Robert and Elaine were joined in marriage and made their home in Bloomington, MN. Just six years later they were blessed with their first daughter Linda Louise, then just about a year later their second and last daughter Nancy Jo. The family lived in Bloomington, MN for 17 years and then in 1969, they moved to the Pearl Harbor area of rural Braham. Elaine became involved in the community by joining the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Homemakers Club.
Elaine was a remarkable woman. She was very creative, passionate, caring, wife and mother who always had a smile on her face. She was forever crocheting! She made plenty of crochet animals, dolls, angels and doilies, you named it and Elaine would crochet it. She even started her own business, Elaine’s Little Creations, selling her favorite patterns. However, her real passion was in gardening. She was the definitive mastermind of the green house. She enjoyed spending long days planting, weeding, watering and trimming. She knew that all the hard work she put in would enrich the beauty that would soon bloom. Because of her passion of gardening, she became one of three founding members of the Braham Garden Club. (Elaine Seip, Patricia Anchetta Cooper, Phyllis Hemmer, and Terri Westberg) She greatly enjoyed her time together with the members of the club helping to teach each other, to learn and to experiment with a wide assortment of plants and flowers.
Elaine absolutely loved to help others and spent most of her adult life volunteering. She was always volunteering for lunches and other special projects at the Church. She worked for Tusen Tack in Braham for several years, spending hours sorting through donations. Every year she would go to the elementary school and help to cut fruit for all of the pies that would be made for pie day, a day that she greatly enjoyed!
By far her most favorite volunteer role was for the students in the Braham Area School district as a Foster Grandparent. Elaine has been a Foster Grandparent for over 15 years. Working with the students meant the world to her and she took great pleasure in helping them to improve on the skills that they struggled with. She not only made strong connections with the students but with most of the teachers as well, creating friendships that will never be forgotten and forever missed.
Elaine is survived by her children: Linda Gabbitas and Nance Seip; her grandchildren: Robert, Eric, Gina and Danielle; her great grandchildren: Alexander, Conner, Kyah and Evan. Elaine is preceded in death by her husband Robert Seip; her sister Carolyn Jensen; and her parents Axel and Minnie Hoglund.