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Elaine Alice Alsleben, 88, of Glencoe

Elaine Alsleben
Elaine Alice (Tonn) Alsleben, 88, of Glencoe, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Robert Nowak officiating.
 
Marjorie Hemmann was the organist. Soloist Julie Stiles sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Children of the Heavenly Father” and “Take, Thou, My Hands and Lead Me.”
 
Casket bearers were Brian Alsleben, Matthew Alsleben, Ryan Goebel, Jason Alsleben, Tony Alsleben, Josh Gehlen and Nick Gehlen.
Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery.
 
Elaine Alice (Tonn) Alsleben was born July 12, 1927, in Bergen Township, rural Lester Prairie. She was the daughter of Ewald and Emma (Schuette) Tonn. She was baptized as an infant on July 24, 1927, by the Rev. J.A. Schert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth on June 9, 1940, by the Rev. G. Schmidt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. She was educated at the parochial school in Brownton.
 
On Oct. 14, 1945, she was united in marriage to Willard Alsleben by the Rev. G. Schmidt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. The couple made their home on a farm in rural Arlington from 1949 to 1981, where one could find Mrs. Alsleben working right beside her husband with the day-to-day farm chores. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Larry, Wayne, Arlys and Leon. They shared over 62 years of marriage before Mr. Alsleben’s death in December 2007.
 
Mrs. Alsleben was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She enjoyed quilting, embroidery, cross stitch, dancing, playing the harmonica and cards. Perhaps her greatest treasure was having all her children living nearby; the highlights of her days were when one of her children would stop in and she could show her love by coaxing them to eat a little something.
 
She is survived by her children, Larry (Diane) Alsleben of Glencoe, Wayne (Janet) Alsleben of Glencoe, Arlys (Bob) Gehlen of Glencoe and Leon (Diane) Alsleben of Plato; grandchildren, Tamra (Wade) Rolf, Teresa (Andrew) Giesen, Matthew (Amber) Alsleben, Brian (Michelle) Alsleben, Jason Alsleben, Josh (Tamara) Gehlen, Nick Gehlen (fianceé Becky Kormanik), Ryan (Angela) Goebel, Tony (Anna) Alsleben, Beth (Brandon) Adams, Tiffany (Albie) Gordon and Dawn (Curtis) Bergsholm; many great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bernetta Alsleben of Brownton, Janet Alsleben of Brownton and Joan Alsleben of Glencoe; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ewald and Emma Tonn; husband, Willard Alsleben; siblings, infant twins (a girl and a boy), Harold Tonn, Raymond Tonn, Clarence Tonn and Evelyn Vollmer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, August and Alma Alsleben; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edna and Ray Stresemann, Mabel and George Gehrke, Marvin Alsleben, Willmer Alsleben, LaVerda Tonn and Ed Vollmer.
 
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.