Obituary for Elsie Lubke (Swanson)
Elsie Marlys Lubke (nee Swanson), age 73, of Excelsior, passed peacefully at her home on March 15, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Ida Swanson; brother Robert, and sisters Betty and Idella. She is survived by her husband Roger, brother Marlin (Judith) Swanson, sisters Sylvia Britton and Grace (Gary) Gauer, nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.
Elsie was born March 29, 1943 in Amery, Wisconsin. She was Baptized and Confirmed at Balsam Lutheran Church, rural Amery. Elsie grew up on a farm northwest of Amery. She belonged to the Volga Boatmen 4-H Club and raised lambs as her favorite project. Elsie loved music, and from elementary school through high school she played baritone horn, winning awards in district and state contests. Graduating from Amery high school in 1961, she attended the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Education. She taught French and English in Green Bay public schools until a serious auto accident in 1967 ended her teaching career. She moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Hennepin County, Child Support Division.
In 1973, in a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Chaska Arboretum, Elsie married Roger Lubke of Excelsior, MN, where they lived for the entire 43 years of their marriage. During that time she taught Sunday School, was involved in political campaigns, traveled to Europe and England, displayed her artwork at local art shows, was an accomplished seamstress, avid flower gardener and homemaker, enjoyed classical music, and sold inspirational books. She and Roger enjoyed annual camping trips to Canada and the mountains of the Western United States, and motorcycle trips around Minnesota and Wisconsin. While her declining health limited her physical activities in later years, she retained a sharp wit, sense of humor, and memory second to none.
Funeral service Monday, March 20 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Memorial Church, 2420 Dunwoody Avenue, Navarre, MN 55391. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will be held in Staples, MN at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The American Diabetes Association.