Funeral services for Elsie Rabes, age 86, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Terris Krueger will officiate, with burial at a later date.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Elsie died Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at her residence.
Elsie Marie Rabes was born December 12, 1932, at Omaha, Nebraska, to John and Erma (Frederiksen) Rabes. Elsie moved to Bloomfield in 1977 and became an active member of her community. She was well known throughout Bloomfield. Her beautiful smile lit up the room and she made friends easily. Elsie genuinely loved people and made everyone feel welcome with that smile and her laughter. She shared her smile with friends up until the last few hours of her life.
As someone who was always ready for a party, Elsie enjoyed social gatherings of all different sized groups. She could be found in the kitchen baking with others, at a restaurant having lunch, enjoying the social time after church, at a park having a picnic, partying during Holidays, or just visiting with neighbors and friends. Elsie enjoyed looking good and was always ready to shop or have a “spa” day to be ready for the party.
Throughout the years, Elsie spent a great deal of time sewing and embroidering. She was an independent, proud woman who loved spending time with children of all ages. As a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield and a regular participant in the ERTH class in Yankton, she shared her faith with others.
Elsie will be greatly missed by her friends at NorthStar Services, along with the other people of her community.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
No Wheelchairs in Heaven
Life isn't always easy,
Sitting in a wheelchair.
Sometimes I get discouraged
and loaded down with care.
That's when I lean on Jesus to
help me through the day.
For He gives me peace and comfort
when trials come my way.
The Bible says there is a place
that someday I will see,
Where there will be no sickness
or pain to bother me.
I'll walk upon a street of gold,
Glorious beauty I will share
In a place called Heaven, where
I'll need no wheelchair.