ELMER DOBERSTEIN

e-doberstein-webphoto.gifElmer Doberstein of Braham died Sunday April 27, 2009 in Isanti. He was 89 years old.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham with Rev. Paul Reynolds officiating. VISITATION will be from 1 -2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at the funeral home.

Elmer Arthur Doberstein passed away on April 26, 2009 at his residence in Isanti, MN. He was 89 years old.

Elmer was born on May 21, 1919 in Nessel Township, Chisago County, Minnesota to Gustave & Mathilda (Stahnke) Doberstein. He was the first of four siblings, growing up on the family farm on the north end of West Rush Lake. He attended Danewood Country School up to the eighth grade. He was Baptized and Confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rush Lake. He was a member of the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham. He also participated in Bible Study at home with Pastor Paul Reynolds from Stanchfield Baptist Church.

Elmer worked on the family farm until it was sold in the early 1950’s. He was also employed at the Braham Hatchery until it closed. Then he worked at Dahlman’s Manufacturing until his retirement. Elmer purchased a little house just outside of Braham by the railroad tracks. Eventually he moved to the Park Manor Apartments and finally to the Henkel residence south of Isanti on Ryan’s Lake where he resided until his death.

Elmer & Marvin Linnemeyer traveled together to Colorado and the Black Hills. More recently, he looked forward to his day trips to Duluth, the North Shore, and Fargo, ND, with Lea and her family. Elmer loved knick knacks and had quite the collection. He was artistic, creative and could turn various ordinary objects into an original piece of art. He loved bright colors and spent many hours painting. He also enjoyed woodworking and creating lamps from scratch.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Robert.

Elmer is survived by brothers Harold (Ruth Linnemeyer) Doberstein of Braham; and Richard (Eileen Jesser) Doberstein, of Phoenix, Arizona, many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and his caretaker Lea Henkel, who, along with her family, held a special place in his heart.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham with Pastor Paul Reynolds presiding. Music will be provided by Paul Reynolds and Edith Johnson. A time of visitation will begin at 1:00 pm; an hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

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