Funeral services for Elsie M. Porsch, 95, were conducted by Pastor Gordon Buchholz on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers were Terry Siedelmann, Nick Siedelmann, Joel Porsch, Travis Porsch, John Burns, and Cole Burns. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
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Elsie Mozella Porsch, the daughter of Charles and Marie (Dahlke) Avey, was born Oct. 12, 1918, at her parents' home east of Hamlin, and died Feb. 18, 2014, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 95 years, 4 months, and 6 days.
Elsie was baptized April 6, 1919, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adair, and confirmed May 24, 1932, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She attended rural school in Greeley Township; Audubon County then attended the Audubon Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1936. Later she graduated from Drake University on Aug. 13, 1969, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Following High School, Elsie taught rural school in Audubon County for five years.
On May 28, 1942, she was united in marriage to Herman Adolph Porsch at the Trinity Lutheran Church northwest of Audubon. Two children Marvin Jo and Judith were born to this union. They farmed near Gray, for a short time then purchased a farm in Greeley Township Audubon County. During this time, Elsie was a homemaker raising their children and helping Herman operate the farm. They sold the farm in 1969 and moved into Audubon. Elsie was employed at Kearney Pharmacy for a short time then returned to teaching. She taught second grade in Guthrie Center, then taught fourth grade in Exira, until she retired in 1980. During retirement Elsie and Herman enjoyed their grandchildren and taking each one on a special trip. Also they enjoyed spending several winters in Florida. Herman died on July 12, 1985. Elsie enjoyed her home then later moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon in 2009.
Elsie was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Audubon, where she was also active in the Ladies Circles. She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible School during the summers.
Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Herman; her daughter Judith Porsch; her parents; her brother Clarence and wife Colleen Avey; and her sisters Mae and husband Virgil Hilsabeck, Wynona and husband Weir (Scoop) Peterson, and Marie and her husbands Danny Parker and Arnold Nissen.
Survivors include her son Jo and wife Sally Porsch of Audubon; her grandchildren Angie and husband Terry Siedelmann of Audubon, Joel and wife Sherry Porsch of Kimballton, Tracy and husband John Burns of Crescent, and Travis and wife Colleen Porsch of Audubon; her great-grandchildren Nick Siedelmann of Linden, Brandy Siedelmann and fiancé Chris Miller of West Des Moines, Ashley Porsch of Audubon, Katie Porsch and Kasey Porsch both of Kimballton, Jessica Mulford of Council Bluffs, Cole Burns and Samantha Burns both of Crescent, Jerod and wife Brooke Burns of Kellogg, Justin and wife Abby Burns of Carroll, Derek Porsch and Jordan Porsch both of Audubon; 8 great- great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews other relatives and friends.
Kessler Funeral Home
515 S Division St
Audubon, IA 50025
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Feb. 28 to Mar. 7, 2014