Elaine Maurer of Annandale died Saturday, June 1, 2019. She was 88.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Annandale with Pastor Denny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairhaven Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Elaine Frances Merrill was born March 5, 1931, in Little Falls to Murvale and Frances (Vouk) Merrill. She attended school in Little Falls and graduated with the Class of 1949 (the ’49ers). She married Donald F. Maurer June 18, 1955, at Calvary Baptist Church in St. Cloud, and two sons were born to the union, Randy and Tim. They made their home in Fair Haven.
Elaine worked at the Little Falls Bakery, Honeywell, Northland Canning Co. in Cokato, and National Connections in Cokato for 23 years. In 1991, she moved to the Goldendale Apartments in Annandale. That same year, Elaine became a foster grandparent at Bendix Elementary. She nurtured many children over the years and, in turn, the kindergarten kids became her extended family and played an important part of her life. This also resulted in many graduation party invitations over the years.
She went by many names: Mom, Grandma Frannie, Grandma Elaine, Nana, Auntie, friend, sister, and, most of all, Child of the King Jesus. Elaine was a member of the Maple Lake Baptist Church and, in later years, of Annandale Evangelical Free Church (now Heartland Evangelical Free Church). She loved Bible studies, enjoyed reading, and liked to embroider dish towels that she gave away as gifts. She loved to play Yahtzee, cribbage, and other board games, and games on the Internet (but only in Christian game rooms). Although she couldn’t sing, she loved music, especially the old hymns and southern gospel quartets. She was a babysitter to many nieces, nephews, neighborhood kids and, most of all, her precious grandchildren Jason, Brendan and Taylor. She cherished family get-togethers, her 4th of July gatherings, and the annual family reunions. Elaine would like to be remembered as one forgiven for her sins by her precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for her love of God, Jesus, her country, and her love and loyalty to her friends and family.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Donald Maurer April 11, 1982; her parents; sisters Alverna Thole and Marlyn Merrill; brothers LeRoy, Jerome and Gene Merrill; and parents-in-law Emil and Caroline Maurer.
She is survived by her two sons Randy (and Linda) Maurer of Buffalo, and Tim (and Trudy) Maurer of Kimball; her grandchildren, the loves of her life, Jason (and Kelly) Maurer, Brendan and Taylor Maurer; brothers-in-law Arnie (and Marlis) Maurer of Texas, and Dick (and Eleanor) Maurer of Fair Haven; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Jim Lahr, Jim Demarais, Don Grant, Mike Grant, John Merrill, and Dick Maurer will serve as pallbearers with Jason, Kelly, Brendan and Taylor Maurer as honorary pallbearers. Music will be provided by the Jean and Roy Kassel family. Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Evangelical Free Church.