Feb. 21, 1920-June 1, 2013
MARSHALL – A celebration of life for Elowine M. Leibfried, 93, of Marshall will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. A private inurnment will take place in the Hanley Falls cemetery at a later time.
Elowine died peacefully Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center with her family around her.
Elowine Leibfried was born in Clarkfield, Feb. 21, 1920 to Oscar and Alice (Tongen) Erie. She grew up in Clarkfield, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was married to Albert Kelm on Jan 10, 1937. To this union four children were born. Throughout their marriage they lived in Minneota, Marshall, Hendricks, Ivanhoe and Hanley Falls. While in Ivanhoe, Albert and Elowine owned and operated a trucking business and later when they moved to Hanley Falls, Albert farmed and Elowine worked at the Granite Falls Hospital as a dietary aide. Albert died in 1973. At that time Elowine moved to Marshall and later married Leo Leibfried. Together, they made their home in Minneota where she was employed at the school cafeteria. Upon retirement, they moved to Pequot Lakes and back to Marshall. She enjoyed going out to eat, spending time with friends and family and volunteering at their church. Elowine resided at Hill Street and Avera Morningside Heights in Marshall in her later years. She was so lovingly taken care of by the excellent and compassionate staff at Avera Morningside Heights as Alzheimer’s clouded her mind.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Gretchen Suhr and her husband Harvey of Ivanhoe, Bruce Kelm and his wife, Joyce of Albany, Ore., Karen Haroldson and her husband David of Granite Falls, her late son, Keith Kelm, and his wife, Connie of Oregon; her step-daughter, Nancy Johnson of Minneota; step-son, Doug Leibfried and his wife Barb of Prior Lake; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, David Erie of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; sister-in-law, Barb Erie of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.
Elowine was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Alice Erie; her husbands, Albert Kelm and Leo Leibfried; her son, Keith; step son-in-law, Alan Johnson; sisters, Anita Ausen and husband Bud, Nona Lidstrom; brother, Dennis Erie and her sister-in-law Connie Erie.
Blessed be her memory.