Elsie (Goehring) Abeldt passed away peacefully following a brief illness surrounded by her children and granddaughter on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 90.
Born at her family's home in Victor, California on March 4, 1923 to Philip John (PJ) Goehring and Christina (Knoll) Goehring, Elsie was the fourth of nine children. Her twin brother Elmer's appearance 30 minutes later blessed the family, and they celebrated their 90th birthdays together earlier this year. Elsie attended Victor School and graduated from Lodi Union High School in 1942.
Following graduation, Elsie helped her dad on the family farm while her brothers were away in the service during World War II. She supervised the grape and walnut crews and helped with the books in addition to working as a clerk at Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop.
Through a co-worker, Elsie met the love of her life, Marvin "Butch" Abeldt and the two were married on June 18, 1950. They established their first home in Lodi and briefly moved to Pasadena, California, then to Santa Cruz, California. Their first child, Susan M. Abeldt was born in February of 1954. They moved back to Lodi in 1956, when Butch went to work at Victor Brand, Goehring Meat Company, Elsie's family's business. Their second child, Philip J. Abeldt was born in March of 1957.
Elsie was devoted to her family and was known for her generosity and willingness to help others, always looking after her elderly friends and neighbors. Butch and Elsie loved music and dancing. She loved cooking, sewing, crafts and gardening, especially at their home in Santa Cruz. Her family and friends remember her most for her famous cobbler, divinity, rocky road fudge, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and pfeffernüsse cookies, banana cream pie, shrimp macaroni salad, crab louies and blintzes made with loving care, which would delightfully and frequently show up every holiday or at your doorstep unexpectedly. Elsie worked at local packing sheds and canneries, and ran the walnut harvesting crews for her family well past her 65th birthday. She served as den mother for the Cub Scouts and was active with Boy Scout Troop 199 for many years. Elsie was active in the PTA and Lodi Republican Women. She was proud that her two children became dentists, and cherished the time spent with her two granddaughters.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin Abeldt, her sister Emma Goehring, and brothers Reuben, Benjamin and Elmer Goehring. Elsie is survived by her daughter Susan M. Abeldt and granddaughter Laura Pluckhan of Folsom, CA; son Philip J. Abeldt of Lodi, CA; granddaughter Jocelyn (Abeldt) Splan (Blake) of Fresno, CA; brothers Levi Goehring, Harold Goehring (Ruth), Victor Goehring (Bev) and Clifford Goehring (Karen), all of Lodi, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Camille DeLeon, RN, her care givers, Jackie Garcia, Sandra Jackson-Bunns and Erlene Olsen, and the staffs of Dr. Joe Gayagoy, Vienna Convalescent Hospital and Lodi Memorial Hospital for their compassion and professionalism in taking care of Mom.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 8pm on Thursday, September 19 at Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home, 831 Industrial Way, Lodi, CA. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 20 at the Chapel of Flowers, Cherokee Memorial Park, Harney Lane at Hwy 99, Lodi, CA, followed by burial. A celebratory gathering of family and friends will be held after the burial at the Lodi Avenue Baptist Church, 2301 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, CA. Charitable contributions can be made to the California Dental Association Foundation, 1201 K Street, Suite 1511, Sacramento, CA 95814, www.cdafoundation.org
, or Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE), 1900 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, www.weaveinc.org/memorial-honorary-gifts