Elsa Wilkie, 75

Published 7:01 am Sunday, March 22, 2015

Elsa M. Wilkie, 75, of Spring Valley, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at her home.



Elsa Marie Biel was born May 22, 1939, to Harold C.E. and Marie (Hartig) Biel in Spring Valley, Minnesota. She was baptized into the Christian faith on July 3, 1939. She grew up in the Zion Lutheran congregation and was a charter member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Elsa graduated from Spring Valley High School and continued her education at Austin Community College, Winona State University, and the University of London, England. On April 2, 1956, Elsa was united in marriage to Delmar Wilkie, they later divorced in 1983. In 1973, Elsa and Delmar purchased and operated AA Waste Away and the Appliance Center of Austin, Minnesota. Elsa also taught at Austin Community College, sold real estate, owned and operated ShortStop Photo with her son, Steve, was a marketing director, social worker, and a behavioral change counselor at Mayo Clinic. In her spare time, Elsa enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, theater, and traveling, especially to England to visit many friends.

Elsa is survived by her children, Bill (Kris) Wilkie of Hollandale, Minnesota, Karen (Dan) Millenacker of Bloomington, Minnesota, Steve (Laurie) Wilkie of Shakopee, Minnesota, and Sue (Keith) Hanson of Austin, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Harold W. (Cheryl) Biel of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and daughter-in-law, Michelle (Carl) Palma of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold C.E. and Marie; and her youngest son, David.

Funeral services for Elsa Wilkie will be held 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minnesota, with Pastor Jim Scaife officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, Minnesota, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be left online at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.