H. Elaine Turnquist - October 07, 2010
H. Elaine Turnquist, 80, of Axtell, Neb. passed away at Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege, Neb. on Oct. 7, 2010.
Elaine was born on Nov. 7, 1929 in Wakefield, Neb. to Levi and Ada (Lundberg) Dahlgren, the oldest of two daughters. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield, but knew without a doubt, that it was her acceptance of Jesus Christ as her personal Savior when she was a teenager that assured her a home in heaven today and for eternity.
She graduated from Wakefield High School and Luther College in Wahoo, Neb. She attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. where she met her husband, Bob. She taught school in Genoa, Neb. and served as parish worker and organist in Cambridge, Minn.
On Oct. 18, 1952 she married Robert A. Turnquist. To this union five daughters were born.
Elaine was an accomplished pianist and organist and played regularly for church services at Trinity and Zion Lutheran Churches in Axtell for over 50 years. She was accompanist for The Messiah and Master Singers, but her greatest pleasure came in being an integral part of the Kingdom Party worship services each week for the residents of Bethphage Mission in Axtell.
She was a member of the Axtell Federated Women’s Club and Holdrege Tre Kroner Scandinavian Society. One of the most important activities in Elaine’s life was coordinating, hosting and guiding Stonecroft Friendship Bible Coffees.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Turnquist, on Sept. 9. 1999.
Survivors include her five daughters: Mary and husband Richard Anderson of Funk, Neb., Ruth and husband Monte Sheffield of Wallace, Neb., Janet and husband Michael Cavanaugh of Minden, Neb., Karla and husband Darry Axtell of Funk and Beth and husband Bradley Allmand of Holdrege; 15 grandchildren: Timothy Anderson of Holdrege, Matthew and wife Wendy Sheffield of Gretna, Neb., Wendi and husbandMike Hadley of Holdrege, Mollie and husband Adam Akerson, Omaha, Larry Cavanaugh, serving in Afghanistan, Melissa and husband Evan Fagen of Granite Falls, Minn., Justin Cavanaugh of Overland Park, Kan., Baron and wife Kerri Axtell, Funk; Erick Axtell, Adam Axtell of Kearney, Neb., Haley and husband Kyle Heineman of Lexington, Neb., Sydney Axtell of Lincoln, Bronwyn Allmand of Denver, Robert and Annie Allmand of Holdrege; 10 great-grandchildren; Lainey, Sophie, Sawyer, Connor, Addison, Gunnar, Paige, Cade, Aldyn and Emerson; sister and brother-in-law, Leola and Don Eberspacher of Milford, Neb.
Memorial services were held Oct. 11 at Zion Chapel on the Bethphage Campus in Axtell with Pastor John Gosswein officiating.
A private family burial at the Bethphage Cemetery preceded the service. Family suggests memorials to Mosaic at Bethphage Village, Axtell or Trinity Lutheran Church, Axtell.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of the arrangements.
Elaine is no longer on this earth but now resides with the King of Glory. Her heart’s desire was that everyone would receive the gift of salvation.