Elfrieda Anna Kuespert
Palmer Funeral Homes - Guisinger Chapel
3718 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46614
Elfrieda Anna


May. 20, 1925 - Apr. 09, 2021

SOUTH BEND - Elfrieda Anna (Petzke) Kuespert died on April 9, 2021 at Sanctuary at St. Paul's in South Bend, at the age of 95. A life-long resident of South Bend, she was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister, sister-in-law, and friend.

Elfrieda Anna Petzke was born in South Bend on May 20, 1925 to Anna (Schulz) Petzke and Julius Petzke. On November 27, 1947 she married Kenneth Clement Kuespert at Emmaus Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2003, after fifty-six year of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her mother and father, stepmother Agnes, and brothers Gerhardt Petzke, Ernst Petzke, and Alfred Petzke.

Elfrieda is survived by her daughter, Jill (Bruce) Anderson of Whitefish Bay, WI and her son, Kenneth (Pam) Kuespert of Niles, MI. She is further survived by two granddaughters, Abby Marie Kuespert and Emily Ann Kuespert, sister Annelies Parsons of South Bend, sister-in-law Georgiann Petzke of Bonita, CA, many nieces and nephews, and best friend, Helen Fields.

Elfrieda was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church for nearly ninety years and served her church in many ways. She worked as a secretary at South Bend Lathe, The University of Notre Dame, and retired from the Dairy and Nutrition Council. She loved sewing, cooking and baking, gardening, and the arts, and belonged to several bridge clubs. She also enjoyed porcelain painting and belonged to several china painting clubs. She was a member of the Republican Women (and worked at the polls for more than fifty years), as well as South Bend Press Club, Riley Lunch Bunch, and the University Club. A 1943 graduate of Riley High School, she worked on many class reunions.

Special gratitude to the kind and caring staff of St. Paul's, Brittany and the staff at Center for Hospice Care, as well as regular visitors Annie, Norva, Kathy, and Pastor Stuckwisch.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 16 at 1:00 PM EDT at Palmer Funeral Home/Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46614, with visitation starting at 11:00 AM EDT. Pastor Richard Stuckwisch of Emmaus Lutheran Church officiating. In an abundance of caution over the spread of COVID-19, those who attend are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The service will be streamed at: https://tinyurl.com/eakfuneral

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Emmaus Lutheran Church, 929 Milton St., South Bend, IN 46613 will be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.palmerfunerallhomes.com

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Published by South Bend Tribune on Apr. 13, 2021.
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I have known Elfreida since the time my cousin, Clem, married her. My Dad, John, was always visiting Clem, or vise versa. So after they got married we would still go visiting After my Navy tour, college, marriage, and my move to Maryland, I did’t visit South Bend as often. As my family grew up trips to S.B. began to include visits to more family, including cousins. We got to know Clem and Elfreida as adults (I was no longer a kid).
I always enjoyed my visits with them because they were always interesting to talk with and gracious hosts. In later years, my father passed and then my mother was in a nursing home. I would see Clem and Elfrieda visiting my mom. After Clem and my mother passed. Bev and I would visit Elfrieda when we visited cousin Barbara. These were always memorable visits for me. Now I am glad that I took time to visit with my relatives in South Bend as often as possible. Clem’s parents were my great uncle and great aunt and I loved everyone in that family from my early childhood. Elfrieda was a part of that family and that love. I share your sadness and grief but rejoice in the knowledge of her everlasting life in heaven. My heart goes out to Jill and Ken and all the rest of Elfrieda’s extended. My God bless you all.
Edward Kuespert
April 16, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. I lost my mom last May.

Denise Gorbitz
Denise Gorbitz
April 14, 2021
Elfrieda was one of the most beautiful women and best roll models I have known. I am so saddened by her passing. She was gracious and told wonderful stories when we rode to church together. My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to her family.
Elizabeth McGrath
April 13, 2021
Todd Brown
April 13, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful lady, who touched the lives of many. My parents spoke of her often. Only a few years ago I spoke to her son Kenneth. Now that you have your wings, when you see my parents, please let them lnow I miss them. May you all have a happy heavenly reunion!
Karolyn Wagner Kucela
April 13, 2021