Elaine Pederson Nordling, 94, Hallock, Minn., passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center on Sept. 21, 2019.
Elaine Elmay Pederson was born on May 6, 1925, in Halma, Minn., to Peder and Lena (Satterlund) Pederson, the second of eight children. She attended Halma Elementary School, graduated from Karlstad High School in 1943, and continued her education at Interstate Business College in Fargo, N.D.
Over the years, Elaine’s business employment included Dayton’s in Minneapolis, Western State Life in Fargo, Veblin Agency, H. E. Everson and State Farm in Hallock.
On Aug. 29, 1948, she married Duane Christopher Nordling at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. Elaine and Duane settled in Hallock, building their family home and raising Barb and Becky.
Elaine was baptized and confirmed at Halma Eidsvold Lutheran Church and later became a member at Grace Lutheran Church in Hallock, where she was active in WELCA and the Quilting Guild. Sewing and baking were Elaine’s forte. Her sewing was always impeccable, making most of Barb’s and Becky’s clothes, along with “wardrobes” for every doll the girls owned.
Yummy memories of Gigi’s baking, especially the perfect white rolled sugar cookies, sticky buns, flatbread and krumkake. Elaine loved reading cookbooks and magazines – collecting recipes to try. There were always treats and coffee on the table when people stopped by for a visit. Gigi was always up for a card game, Scrabble or dominoes – and taught all the kids that a win needed to be earned.
Elaine joined a sewing club with friends in Hallock in the 1950s, where once a month they gathered to “do sewing” – not certain how many evenings always included sewing – but we think we can still smell the coffee and hear the laughter of friendship.
Family members include: daughters, Barbara (James) Thompson, Hallock, and Rebecca (Patrick) Logan, Bloomington, Minn.; four grandchildren, Brent Thompson, Marla (Blake) Elhard, Erin (Brad) Gonyea and Ryan (Sarah) Logan; seven great-grandchildren, Ellen, Benjamin and Andrew Gonyea, Nicholas and Isaac Elhard, Kaleb and Joanna Logan; sister, Gerda Hams; sisters-in-law Gladys Lang and Kathy Pederson; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Elaine was preceded in death by: her parents, Peder and Lena; husband, Duane (Oct. 29, 2008); three sisters, Elna Rockwell, Lois Peterson and Lela Spilde; three brothers, Daryl, Gene and Lowell Pederson; and a grandson, Kevin Patrick Logan.
Funeral services and visitation are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Hallock. Interment will be in Union Liberty Cemetery, Hallock. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Pastor Frank Johnson, presiding; Don and Kris Thorlacius, duet; casket bearers will be Erin Gonyea, Brad Gonyea, Brent Thompson, Ryan Logan, Sarah Logan, Marla Elhard and Blake Elhard.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, is in charge of the arrangements. www.austinfuneralchapel.com.