Elsie Brink, 1920-2014

Published 11:45 am Thursday, May 1, 2014

Memorial services for Elsie Mae Brink, 93, of Albert Lea and formerly of Hartland will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeff Laeger-Hagemeister will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Hartland Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at Bayview.  Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Elsie Brink

Elsie Brink

Elsie died on Monday, April 28, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Elsie Mae Brink was born on Oct. 12, 1920, in Carlston Township, the daughter of Hans Alfred and Olga (Jacobson) Christianson. She grew up in Freeborn and graduated from Freeborn High School. On Nov. 15, 1939, Elsie was united in marriage to Ernest William Brink in Hartland. Elsie was a member of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Hartland.

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In the early 1970s Elsie moved to Colorado. She worked as a cook for the Pi Beta Phi sorority at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After 20 years in Colorado, Elsie returned to Minnesota. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting and playing cards.

Survivors include her children Colleen (Don) Kresal, Lorraine Hawthorne and Michael Brink; grandchildren Tammy Ness, Grant Ness, Scott Johnson, Heather (David) Quereau, Randy (Sheri) Kresal and Todd Kresal; great-grandchildren Katelyn Johnson, Michael and Mariah Johnson, Abigail, Logan and Carson Quereau and Keely Johnson; brother, Donald (Margaret) Christianson; sister, Ruby Widenheft; and several nieces and nephews.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest; daughters Margaret Obie and Phyllis Brink; grandson, Rick Johnson; brothers Einar (Ann) Christianson, Oscar (Beatie) Christianson, Ralph (Catherine) (Ann) Christianson, Norman (Artis) Christianson, Ray (Lois) Christianson and Ernest (June) Christianson; and sister, Evelyn Hintz.

Elsie’s family would like to thank her niece, Linda Pierick, and Jim Pierick for their devoted care for Elsie during the last few years. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Activities Department at St. John’s Lutheran Community, 901 Luther Place, Albert Lea, MN, 56007.