Sadly missed by family and friends, Elaine L. Hoag, 88, passed away at Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Her unwavering faith in God makes the occasion of her passing one of hope and gratitude for a life well lived.
Elaine was born in Frederic, Wis., Nov, 3, 1929, the eldest child of Herbert and Luella (Dahlseid) Lundberg.
She was predeceased by her parents; a beloved sister, Carol Owen; brothers-in-law, Oliver (Ollie) Owen and Donald Hoag (Madeline); and her husband of 53 years, John (Bill) Hoag.
Elaine met Bill at a church picnic in Kirby and the two of them soon understood that they would make a life together. They were wed April 15, 1950 in Trade Lake, Wis.
Elaine is survived by a sister, Jeanne (Richard) Patterson; and a brother, Herb (Corky/Cork) Lundberg; brother-in-law, Jack Oliver; sisters-in-law, Madeline Hoag, Ann Oliver and Linda Oliver; and several nieces and nephews. Elaine is also survived by her children, John (Rose), Jeff (Jennifer), Jim (Julie), Joel (Elizabeth) and Julie (Dean) Griffin; grandchildren, Aubrey, Brett (Jenifer), Mark (Katie), Laura (James), Sarah (Mark), Jared, Jana (John), John Kenneth (Julieta), Abigail, Reed and Dylan; and great-grandchildren, Houston, Stanley, Paul, Seth, Austin, Karis and Annalena.
Over the years Elaine found employment in various settings. She was a car hop during the war years at the Tomah A&W, a clerk typist at Camp McCoy, the town of Lincoln treasurer, a teacher’s assistant at Warrens Elementary School, and a teller at the Warrens branch of Farmers and Merchants Bank.
At First Baptist Church in Warrens (now Open Door Baptist Church), Elaine served faithfully in many volunteer positions. She loved singing alto in the choir and lending a hand doing committee work and helping out at fundraisers for various church projects and missionary endeavors. Her local church membership spanned a period of 67 years, offering yet another testimony to Elaine’s deep and abiding faith in God.
Elaine and Bill’s marriage was a model of love, faithfulness, friendship and affection. Together they selflessly raised five children and made more trips from Warrens to Tomah than one can imagine, transporting their offspring to school events, sports and band practice, doctor appointments and for any number of other reasons. Camping trips during the late fifties to mid-seventies were legendary in family memory, and Elaine had to constantly sweep their little campers free of sand and dirt. She loved those memories of Yellowstone Park, Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills, Mackinac Island, Mich., Washington, D.C., Colorado, Florida, Arkansas, and (closer to home) Wilderness Park, Hatfield and Devil’s Lake State Park.
Elaine excelled in her favorite roles of wife and mom, grandma and great-grandma. Her five “J” children, her 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, were never far from her mind and prayers. And husband, Bill, truly was the love of her life. Together they raised five children, built or renovated three homes, wintered in Arkansas, square danced, pondered creative uses for venison and did it all with good humor and a willing embrace of whatever came their way. Elaine was an exceptional person and will be missed by many people. A memorial service is being planned for some later date in the spring.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Warren Mills Cemetery.