Elsie Patzlaff


April 15, 1927 - December 8, 2018


Elsie Patzlaff, 91, of Mitchell formerly of Farmer died Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, December 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer.  Burial will be at Spencer Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 7:00pm prayer service.

Elsie M. Patzlaff was born April 15th, 1927 to Elmer and Amanda (Lienemann) Klinger at their home north of Fulton, SD. She started school when she was 4 years old and attended 8 years of grade school at Fairview #3. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1944. She was baptized at a rural church on April 22, 1928 and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church at Spencer, SD. She was employed at Fulton State Bank for 5 years.

On March 6, 1949 she married Gene Patzlaff at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Spencer, SD. They lived on the family farm northwest of Farmer, SD. She had been a member of the Fairview Community Club for many years. They continued to make St. Matthew’s their church home where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was Sunday School Superintendent and enjoyed the work of the women’s group, holding offices over the years and was able to do research for the 100th Anniversary book in 1997. She was financial secretary the last years until the tornado destroyed the church in 1998. They then transferred to First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD. She moved her membership back to Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, SD.

She is survived by her four sons, Don (Dixie), Alexandria, SD, Larry, Mitchell, SD, Morris (Roxanne), Sioux Falls, SD, Jeff (Martha) Platte, SD; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty (Don) O’Neill, Fulton, SD and Mary (Courtney) Hall, Fulton, SD; brother-in-law Orval Patzlaff, Mitchell, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene in February 2008; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Verne Eilts; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Therman and Helen Patzlaff, Ken and Beth Patzlaff, Claude and Katherine Patzlaff, Robert and Florence Bertelson, and Barbara Patzlaff; and one great grandson, Caleb Michael Hockett.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the food pantry.



Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Wednesday, December 12, 2018
10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
416 Fuller St
Spencer, SD 57374


Spencer Cemetery
Spencer, South Dakota

Posted by Aseracare on December 18, 2018
It has been our honor and privilege to care for Elsie. Thank you for allowing us to care and love on them. We hope you are finding peace and rest during this new transition. ~AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by K. Hope on December 12, 2018
May God give you and yours the strength to get through this sad time. Please keep your mother’s memories close to your heart always. John 5:28,29. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Tom and Cindy Hoy on December 12, 2018
Cindy and I send our prayers. Morris and Roxanne became friends as Augustana University students and the four of us cherish that friendship. May the Comforter bring you all strength for this day and bright hope for tomorrow. Tom
Posted by Kim Van Es on December 11, 2018
My sympathy to the family, particularly to Ben, who continues his grandmother's service to the Church. Blessings as you celebrate her life.
Posted by Dick and carol kunkel on December 10, 2018
Prayers for the family. We never knew her that well, but I remember her as a very gracious lady. May Gods blessings be with you and your family in the days ahead.
Posted by D. Hetrick on December 10, 2018
Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promise bring you comfort. There will be “a new earth... and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore... I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1-5
Posted by Janet wolden on December 9, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers to family. Love to all of you. Elise was a much loved aunt.
Posted by Carm Roster on December 8, 2018
Elsie was a beautiful woman that was our neighbor. She was a dedicated Mom of four boys and wife to Gene. We spent a fair amount of time with her driving to school or band contests. We made it a point each spring to get her at least one batch of asparagus as it was not her families favorite.

My sympathies to Don, Larry, Morris and Jeff. RIP Elsie
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