Elda Marie Stange

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Elda Marie Stange

August 21, 1946 - January 07, 2020

Elda Marie Stange Elda Marie Stange
HOLMEN -- Elda Marie Stange, 73, of Holmen passed away unexpectedly at home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.
She was born in La Crosse, Aug. 21, 1946, to Edwin and Meta Ideker. On Nov. 27, 1971, Elda married John Stange in Brownsville, Minn., and they moved to Holmen, in the spring of 1972.
Elda graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1967. She went on to become the first director of nursing at the La Crescent Nursing Center and later became a nursing supervisor at St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse, where she worked until her medical retirement.
She enjoyed fishing, bowling, travel, puzzles, reading, baking, playing euchre and of course, "her" Brewers. She was a two-time cancer survivor and became the go-to resource for others going through their own struggles.
Elda is survived by two sons, Tom (Patti) of Sparta and Mark (Angie) of Onalaska; and by two grandsons, Joseph and Charlie. She is further survived by a brother, Allen (Bernie) Ideker of Owatonna, Minn.; a sister, Shirley (Steve) Blegen of Racine, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Janet Ideker of Onalaska; and many nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Howard Ideker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Zion Evangelical Church in Brownsville, with visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at the Zion Evangelical Cemetery, with a lunch to follow at the church. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family. An online guest book is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.
Published on January 10, 2020
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Jan 13, 2020
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Jabet Graves
Jan 13, 2020
Worked with Elda as a new nurse in 1975 . She always was upbeat cheerful and a mentor to this new nurse . Even after her retirement and I saw her as a patient she was a delight to talk to. . Her nursing family told me of her passing. Sorry for your loss. Remember her fondly with a smile.
Julie O'Donnell
Jan 12, 2020
I've known Elda my whole nursing career. She embodied compassion, skill and humor and knew when to administer each to patients, family and staff. At one point in my career she took me under her nursing supervisor wing and mentored me in that role. She taught me that in every situation, we are the great common human heart and leadership is as much about when to step in and make decisions and more so about when and how to support staff so they can grow in the decision making process. She loved her boys and was full of proud Momma moments in telling stories about you, supporting her growing sons to fine young men. I'm so sorry you lost her.
You are immensely blessed that she was your Mom.
... I feel blessed that she was my mentor, co-worker and friend. God bless you Elda!Read more
Ida Vessel
Jan 12, 2020
I worked with Elda at Franciscan Skemp Mayo. She had a delightful sense of humor and was a steady voice of reason. She was a true professional. I valued her.
Gina Seymour
Jan 12, 2020
Anytime a gathering included Elda there was sure to be lots of laughter, good stories, and delicious food. Gatherings at "the boathouse" are among my most treasured memories. From her mailed cards signed "me" to group trips with my parents to Mayo, Elda was a bright light that guided the whole Seymour clan through Mom's struggle with cancer. I'm so thankful to have had her touch my life. Lots of Love to John, Tom, Mark, Patty, Angie, Joey, and Charlie... She was the best! Wish I could be there to give you all a hug, Gina
Nyla Bridges & Mike Lien
Jan 10, 2020
May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences. We will miss her....she was such a great neighbor.
Bette Wenger
Jan 10, 2020
I knew Elda at St. Francis Hospital and was always happy to see she was on duty. I especially appreciated her "down to earth" approach to things. She will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Carol Dunt
Jan 09, 2020
I met her when I attended church there when my husband would preach. I remember her so well as she loved my yellow earrings. My heart is sad and my sympathy goes out to the family. I thought she was a special lady. I'm sorry I can't attend the funeral as we are in Alabama.