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Phyllisann Elling, 91, Burnsville (formerly of Glencoe)

Phyllisann Elling

Phyllisann (Lippert) Elling, age 91, of Burnsville, formerly of Glencoe, Minnesota, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with the Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiating. Sue Mielke will be the organist. Gus and Irene Makovsky will be the song leaders. Musical selections will be: “Here I Am Lord,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Song Of Farewell,” “Amazing Grace.” Scripture readers will be Tom Elling and Max Elling.
Urn bearer will be Elizabeth Elling. Honorary urn bearers will be Tom Elling, Caroline Elling, Anna Elling, Max Elling.
Phyllisann (Lippert) Elling was born on September 11, 1926, in Olivia. She was the daughter of Edward and Rose (Kral) Lippert. She was baptized and later confirmed at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia, Minnesota.
Mrs. Elling grew up in a large family in rural Minnesota during the Great Depression. She developed deep and lasting relationships with her brothers and sisters and remained close to them throughout her life. She graduated from Olivia High School in 1944 and Teacher Training at Stevens Seminary in Glencoe, in 1945. She also completed continuing education courses at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul.
On June 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Orville “Hap” Elling at St. Aloysius. They made their home in Hector. In 1968, they moved their family to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Gary, Mary Kay, Dean and John. They shared over 65 years of marriage before Mr. Elling’s death on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Mrs. Elling enjoyed a career as a teacher. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse (that had no electricity!) in Brookfield Township in Renville County. She also held teaching positions in Bird Island, Hector, and Glencoe Public Schools, and at St. Pius X School in Glencoe. She was a faithful member of St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe.
Caring for her family, combined with a full-time teaching career, left Mrs. Elling with little time for personal hobbies. Throughout her life she made countless sacrifices so that her children would not be denied opportunities. She helped each of her children by always being there to listen to their concerns, worries, and needs. At her kitchen table her children were given the gift of her undivided attention and deep understanding.
She will always be remembered for her delicious family dinners. They always included large bowlfuls of mashed potatoes, platters of different meats, and a variety of vegetables from Mr. Elling’s garden. Following the meal would be an endless supply of homemade cookies, cakes, apple crisp, rice pudding and rhubarb desserts.
In later years she enjoyed spending time with Mr. Elling at their retirement home in Arizona. Whether in Arizona or Minnesota, her kitchen table was the gathering place for many friends and family. She cherished time spent with family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Kay (William Graham) Elling of Apple Valley; sons Gary (Mary) Elling Maple Plain, Dean (Mariko) Elling of Burnsville, John (Kathy) Elling of Prior Lake; grandchildren, Elizabeth Elling, Caroline Elling, Tom Elling, Anna Elling, Max Elling; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Rose Lippert; Husband, Orville “Hap” Elling.
Arrangements are with Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.