Elsie was born April 26, 1915, on a farm near Lignite, N.D. to Henry and Emelia Schuman. She was the fourth of nine children. Her family migrated to Sequim, Wash. in 1937 during the Dust Bowl.
On September 9, 1939 Elsie married Henry Nygaard, and together they raised five children on a farm near Lignite N.D. and in the Pablo-Polson area. While living in Pablo, she cooked at the school cafeteria for 15 years. Her freshly baked bread and cinnamon rolls were legendary. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening and had the most beautiful flowers.
Wherever she lived, Elsie was always an active member of the Lutheran Church, and raised her family with love, hope, and a strong faith in God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; sons, Jerry and James; and daughter-in-law, Twila Nygaard.
She is survived by her son, Richard Nygaard of Trout Creek; daughters, Dyan (Bruce) Lawrence of Missoula, and Myrna (Gordon) Roesler of Nevada; and daughter-in-law, Virginia Nygaard of Polson. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was special to us all and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to give special thanks to Clark Fork Valley Hospital Hospice, who provided great comfort and care to Elsie.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 28th, at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Polson, with a reception to follow. Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan, Mont. Monday. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.