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Elaine M. Wigen 1939-2015

Jun 25, 2015

ESTHERVILLE — Funeral service for Elaine Wigen will be held Friday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Crossroads Community Church in Estherville. Pastor Mike Drew will officiate.

Interment will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

Elaine M. (Sears) Wigen, was born May 5, 1939 in Sioux City (she was given life “twice” when her physically handicapped mother chose not to terminate her unborn baby’s life on the advice of professional medical knowledge). She was the first born of Russell and Irene Anna (Volkert) Sears.

Elaine departed this life on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the Rosewood Manor in Estherville at the age of 76.

She was baptized into Christian faith on June 11, 1939 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Galva, and confirmed into the Lutheran church on June 23, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.

Elaine graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1957. In 1959 she graduated second in her class from St. Francis School of Medical Records Technology in Breckenridge, MN and upon taking state boards became the 306th Accredited Record Technician. She was employed from 1956 to 1960 by Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake and Riverview Memorial Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

On June 26, 1960 she and Louis G. Wigen, Jr of Ayrshire were married at Storm Lake. To this union were born: Anna Marie in 1962 and Louis George III in 1963.

Elaine was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven serving as circle secretary for many years, member of Board of Parish Education, Church Council, taught Sunday School for nine years, confirmation class for four years and was adult Bible Class discussion leader for six years.

In 1971 she became an amateur radio operator and held an advanced class license with the call WB0EJA. She was secretary/treasurer of the Spencer Amateur Radio Klub for eight years and held the same position for 21 years in SPARK Repeater Branch and secretary of Amateur Radio Missionary Service.

She learned to enjoy traveling with her husband and in 1982 began spending their winters in Rockport, TX where she, supported by her husband, led a Bible study since 1986. Elaine valued her solitude during which she was a student of the Bible, enjoyed counted cross-stitch, and kept detailed records of many things.

Left to cherish Elaine’s memory are her daughter, Anna (Arvin) Enerson of Estherville; and their families, Sarah (Tyler) Janssen and their children, Cale and Arianna of Brookings, SD; Heather (Peter) Hamstra and their children, Elaine and Judah of LaCrosse, WI; Holly (Parker) Merritt of Plainfield; Joseph Enerson; Brianna Enerson and Jason Enerson all of Estherville; son, George (Angela) Wigen III and their daughters, Brooke and Paige of Spencer; brother, Dr. Robert (Jackie) Sears; 22 nieces and nephews; brother and sister-in-law; other relatives and a host of friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her mother in 1985; father in 1996 and husband in 2009.