She was born 3rd in line of 11 children on Jan. 23, 1937 to Kenneth and Leona (Teff) Wiese. She was raised in Hokah and educated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church & School. Life in a family of 13 instilled the traits and skills of compassion, commitment, dedication and service she displayed throughout her lifetime. Her faith in God and Catholic religion was her backbone.
On May 11, 1957 she married Donald W. Tschumper. From this union 4 children were born: Julene Mary, Mark Alan, Matthew Donald and Eric Girard. In March of 1963 the family moved to the farm in Stanchfield where the rest of her life played out. Later, Elaine and Donald divorced. In 1965 she graduated and became a Licensed Practical Nurse for Memorial Hospital (now Cambridge Medical Center) beginning her profession of caring and service. Throughout the years she continued with various education courses to employ herself as a home health aide and an educator of different programs relating to the health field. She was employed by Isanti County Public Health for 35 years until retiring in January 2010.
Elaine was a member of both Christ the King Catholic Church of Cambridge and St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church of Braham. Her involvement included teaching CCD, singing in the choir, Christian mothers, being a Eucharist minister both in church as well as administering to those in nursing homes and shut-ins. She also served in various positions on both church boards and committees throughout her lifetime.
Elaine enjoyed all aspects of living on the farm she loved to see it flourish with crops, animals, her vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities; nothing kept her from trying new ones. She enjoyed her trips whether near or far, by airplane or car. She was always ready for activities with family and friends. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Elaine is survived by her children, daughter Julene (Dave ) Kadlec; 3 sons Mark (Rachel), Matthew (Becky ) and Eric (Dawn); 9 grandchildren Jaime (Jamie) Weber, Jessica (Patrick) Marier, Lucas (Tricia) Krause, Melissa Tschumper, Madison Tschumper, Jamie Gillesby, Connor Tschumper, Jacob Tschumper and Emma Tschumper; 9 great grandchildren; 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
Elaine’s family would like to thank the following for help in making Elaine’s journey fulfilled according to her wishes. Deacon Kramer; hospice nurse Pam; caregivers Ronna, Tami, Sandy and Maryann.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at Christ the King Catholic Church of Cambridge with Father James Hahn and Deacon Gene Kramer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Denise Tillges and Nancy Kastel-Avre will provide music. Honorary pallbearers will be Elaine’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.