Edna Marie Elmenhorst, 83, Moran, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Allen County Regional Hospital.
Edna was born Sept. 14, 1933, in Okarche, Okla., to John Alphonse and Teresa Coletta (Smith) Wittrock. She grew up in Okarche and graduated from Holy Trinity High School there. After graduation, she moved to New York City and worked as a telephone operator for a time before returning to Oklahoma. She married Joseph H. Elmenhorst on Nov. 18, 1953 in Okarche, Okla. Together they made their home in El Reno, Okla., where they were blessed with their four children. They later moved to Moran in 1966, where they continued their life together raising their children on the family farm. Edna worked hard as a homemaker, and developed many skills in gardening, sewing, cooking, painting, flower arranging and many other creative pursuits. She was a diligent mother and grandmother who taught her children and grandchildren many of these talents as well as important life lessons.
Survivors include her husband, Joe (Okie Joe) of the home; her children, Karen Sager and husband Bob, Moran, Chris Elmenhorst and wife Sherry, LaHarpe, Carla Metcalfe and husband Jim, Chanute, and Julie Hammes and husband Chris, Oklahoma City; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters, Harold Wittrock, Joan Wittrock, Henry Wittrock, Raymond Wittrock, Mark Wittrock, Irene Garrett and Clare Borelli, all of Oklahoma, and Anita Webb of Ohio.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ruth Knecht, and a granddaughter, Nicole Sigg.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church, with burial following in St. John’s Cemetery, Gas. A Rosary service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Visitation will follow in the Parish Hall from 6:45 to 8. Contributions in memory of Edna may be made to Catholic Charities or Hope Unlimited and left in care of the funeral home. Feuerborn Family Funeral Service of Iola assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.