Went to be with her Lord on June 16, 2012 at the age of 97. She was a resident of Spring Lake Village since 1999 and a previous resident of Minneapolis MN and Livermore CA. Born and raised in Springfield, MN, she worked as a beauty shop manager before moving to California in 1948 where she met her husband John. She is survived by her husband John B. and son John D. of Santa Rosa, grand children Galina and Nikolai Sonderman of Santa Rosa, daughter Gail (Keith) Carlson of Rice Lake, WI, granddaughters Carrie Smith of Rice Lake, WI and Rachael Maaske (Chad) of Hastings, MN and great grandchildren Elijah and Caleb Maaske of Hastings, MN. She is also survived by her niece Anne Pierson (Jim) of Brainerd, MN, nephews Charles von Fischer, Lakeville MN, Fred von Fischer (Ardis), Farmington, MN, Robert von Fischer, Hibbing, MN, and Donald Dorn, Lake Benton, MN. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Santa Rosa. A family graveside service was held June 21. Donations can be made in Elva's memory to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4325 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.
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Published in the Press Democrat from July 7 to July 9, 2012