Sadly the family of Elsa Irene Maitland has to announce her passing at Talarico Place Care Centre on Sunday, February 1, 2015 two weeks shy of her 84th birthday.
Elsa was born on February 15, 1931 in Trail to parents Ane and Pete Gundersen. She grew up on the family homestead on Merry Creek Road.
She served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. From there she worked as a Secretary at Stanley Humphries Secondary School for 34.5 years . Elsa put her heart and soul into her career, starting at least an hour early every day as well as giving many additional hours. She had amazing recall of the students and staff.
Elsa had a very strong character and some of her favorite things were baking, cooking and working in her flower garden and the view she had of the Columbia River from her deck. She enjoyed going out to play crib and Yahtzee with friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Per, Ole, Rudy, Gerald and Gunnar.
Elsa is survived by son Don (Robin), daughter Jennifer (Glen), sisters, Florence & Dorie- Ann as well other extended family and many friends.
Cremation has taken place in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel and by request there will not be a service.
Donations in Elsa’s Memory may be made to the Castlegar Hospital Foundation, 709-10th Street, Castlegar BC V1N 2H7 or the BC Cancer Foundation.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Vasil; the staff of Talarico Place Care Centre and to Linda and staff at Castlewood Village.