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Gloria M. Elmer

April 24, 1936 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Gloria Elmer Obituary

Gloria Elmer, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 with her family by her side at Dove Healthcare in Bloomer.

Gloria Marie Elmer (Desrosier), was born on April 24, 1936 in Russia Township, MN. to Alfred and Doris (Perreault) Desrosier.

After Gloria graduated in 1954 she moved to Minneapolis for work. In the fall of 1954, she met her lifelong partner, Harold Elmer. Harold and Gloria were married on June 18, 1955 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN.

After they married, they lived in Washington, DC, Minneapolis and Crookston, MN before finally settling down in Chippewa Falls. During this time, they were blessed with seven children.

Gloria worked at St Joseph's Hospital as a housekeeper. She retired in March 1988 due to rheumatoid arthritis, but that did not stop her from pursuing her passions. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Charles Parish as a Eucharist Minister and helping to set up for weddings and funerals. She also helped the First Communion students prepare the bread used for their First Holy Communion.

Even though she was limited by her arthritis, Gloria always loved working with her hands. She was a talented seamstress. Over the years, she made countless quilts, costumes, embroidered towels, doll clothes, and many other items. Almost all of these items were passed on as gifts to family and friends, where they will be treasured for years to come.

She is survived by her seven children, one son, John of La Crosse, and six daughters, Ronnie Peterson (Laurie) of Prescott Valley, AZ, Barb Schmid (Donald) of Bismarck, ND, Carol Green (Bob) of Apache Junction, AZ, Diana Crook (Kurt) of Oxford, WI, Annette Bates (Rod) and Mary Berg (Scot) of Chippewa Falls.

In addition to her two brothers and eight sisters, Gloria’s life was enriched by the love of her 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Harold of 48 years, her parents, and her brother, Linus.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 12 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman and Rev. Frank Corradi will concelebrate at the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 12 at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Dove Healthcare, Bloomer, and St. Croix Hospice for their care and compassion.


Funeral services for Gloria M. Elmer were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 12 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls.

Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman and Rev. Frank Corradi concelebrated at the funeral Mass assisted by Mass servers, Steve Armstrong and Peter Murphy. Interment was in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.

Music during the Mass was provided by Abigail Lynch and the St. Charles Funeral Choir. Readings were given by Autumn Huiatt and Renee Nosbisch. Gift bearers were Jennifer Adrian and Reagan Hoffmann.

Casket bearers were Jacob Andersen, Bobby Green, Brad Hoffmann, Lucas Lenard, Kyle Nosbisch and Jonathan Ramsey.

Honorary casket bearers were Logan Ackerman, Jeff Huiatt, Scott Steiner and Alex Szalajka.


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February 12, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Horan Funeral Home (Chippewa Falls)
420 Bay Street
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729

Funeral Mass
February 12, 2024

1:30 PM
St. Charles Church (Chippewa Falls)


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