Elsie Madelaine Wiermaa, 96, died peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Saturday May 8th, 2021.
Elsie was born to Emma and Joseph Lahtonen on February 22, 1925. She graduated from Embarrass High School and the Duluth Business School after which she worked for Travelers Insurance in Duluth. On November 22, 1947 she married the love of her life, Julien Wiermaa. Together they raised six children and shared many adventures.
Elsie lived the majority of her life on beautiful Joseph Lake in Babbitt, MN. She loved caring for her stunning flower gardens, picking berries, fishing, cross country skiing. She was the happiest in her north woods and tending her land. We will forever remember her competitive card playing and puzzle solving.
She welcomed everyone into her home with her kind words, genuine interest in other’s stories along with sharing amazing meals and her famous homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Her open arms touched many lives.
Elsie is survived by her children Amy(Mel) Hoit of Spokane, WA; Susan(Greg) Milleville of Brookfield, WI; John Wiermaa of Pine City, MN; Alyssa(Jeff) Hawn of Newport MN. Eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dale and Arlene Wiermaa of Tower; her “sister” Bev Wiermaa of Ely and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Julien Wiermaa; her daughter and son-in-law Mary Jo and Bob Godt and her son Brian Wiermaa; her parents and all of her siblings.
Visitation will be at 10:30am, Thursday May 13, 2021 at Argo Cemetery, Babbitt, MN with a graveside service immediately following at 11. Due to Covid restrictions the entire service will be outside, please dress appropriately. Celebration of life will continue at the Junction Inn & Suites following the funeral.
Elsie’s life motto was “Everyday is a good one!”
Family services have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.
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