Elmer Harry (1915 - 2007)
Contact: R. Lipprandt
Surnames: Bessler, Christians, Johnson, Mielke, Sieck, Werner, Wolf
----Sources: The Tribune Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.), Vol. 47, No. 49, Wed., Dec. 5, 2007, p. 20
Bessler, Elmer Harry (14 Dec. 1915 - 29 Nov. 2007)
Elmer Bessler, 91, Abbotsford, died on Thursday, November 29, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Elmer Harry Bessler was born December 14, 1915, in Chicago, a son for Fred and Alvina Bessler. He served his country in the US Army Infantry from May of 1942 to October of 1945 with combat duty in New Guinea, Guadalcanal and Luzon. Elmer and the former Anna Mielke were united in marriage on November 28, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Edgar. Anna died October 9, 2005. They farmed in the Town of Hull from 1951 to 1977 and moved to Abbotsford, Wis. Elmer enjoyed fishing and crafting wood Christmas villages for family and friends. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the American Legion and Colby VFW.
Elmer will be dearly missed by his loving daughter, Diana (William) Werner, of Medford; three grandchildren, Kylie (Jason) Sieck of Neenah, Leah Werner of Minneapolis and William Werner III of Ukia, CA and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Fred Bessler.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; one sister, Lillian Johnson; and two brothers, Art Bessler and Fred Bessler.
Funeral services for Elmer were held at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church (High Steeple), Edgar, Monday, December 3, 2007. Reverend Matthew Christians presided and burial, with full military honors, was in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Town of Wien in rural Edgar.
Visitation with family and friends was at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Albert and Perry Wolf, Richard, Daniel and Edward Mielke, Jr. and Jason Sieck.
Marina-Community Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.
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