Elaine Ruth Coleman, 92, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Orlando, Fla.
Elaine Ruth Coleman, 92, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Orlando, Fla. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 2 at the St. James United Methodist Church in St. James with Rev. Clinton Firstbrook, III officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour before services on Friday. You may send the family condolence online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Elaine was born in St. James on April 6, 1925 the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Meyer) Engelbrecht. Elaine went to South Branch Country School District 27. On Sept. 17, 1944 she was united in marriage to Arnold Coleman at the Methodist Church in St. James. The couple was blessed with five children: Shirley, Dennis, Bonni, Karen and Debra. Elaine loved to crochet, garden and always had lots of flowers. She was a fantastic baker, especially of homemade cinnamon rolls, homemade bread, buns and raised donuts. She like polka music as well as the waltz. Elaine drove school bus for 35 years and worked on the family farm with Arnold. They loved to go on their motorcycle, part of the Holiday Rambler and snowbird in Mesa, Ariz. Elaine loved taking care of her grandchildren and playing gospel music on the organ.
She is survived by her children: Shirley (Larry) Baarson of Lisbon, N.D., Dennis (Sonja) Coleman of St. James, Bonni (Gary) Siem of St. James, Karen (Gregg) Reiter of Orlando, Fla., Debra (Michael) Sanchez of Brighton, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, sister Lois (La Verne) Thompson of St. James, and brother Melvin (Dona) Engelbrecht of St. James. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; parents, Frank and Elsie; son-in-law, Charles Hoffrogge; nephew, Bradley Thompson; and niece, Caroline Engelbrecht.