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Zordel, Elsie S.
A beautiful and gracious lady slipped the bonds of earth and went into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Cherry Meadows Hospice. Elsie Zordel was born September 14, 1917 to Rev. Curt and Luise (Heybrook) Seidenberg in Beecher, Ill. The family moved to Baroda, MI, where her father founded St. John's Lutheran Church. After graduating from high school (where she was valedictorian) she worked as a telephone operator. She would be told a name, plug the correct outlet and ring the party with a combination of long and short rings. A handsome young man spied her and said "some day I'm going to marry that girl." Sure enough, on August 17, 1935, Elsie became the bride of Edwin Zordel. They had three children and moved to Wisconsin.
Ed and Elsie owned and operated "Zordel's Melody Shop" which was located in the left half of Conkey's Book Store. After Conkey's bought them out, Elsie stayed on as bookkeeper. Once Elsie had a brief conversation with author Edna Ferber.
In 1985, Ed and Elsie suffered the death of their daughter, Margo. Ed died in 1999. Elsie was a wonderful homemaker and a great cook. She belonged to Appleton Alliance Church, Appleton Christian Women's Club, and Appleton's Women's Club. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang in the Chaminade Chorus, the Carolers and many choirs. She loved to read, do puzzles, and needlework.
There are so many loved ones who will miss her, especially her family: daughter Marion Koepke, Shiocton; son Brian (Mary) Zordel, Whitewater; son-in-love James (Donna) Koehnke, Warrenton, VA; six grandchildren: Julie (Henry) Laib, Susan (H. Joseph) Jennerjohn, Douglas (Pamela) Koepke, Elizabeth (Matthew) Speaks, Lynette (Michael) Catlett, and Brian (Amy) Koehnke; 12 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and her brother, Ernest Seidenberg.
Welcoming her into glory are her husband of 63 years, Edwin, her daughter, Margo Koehnke, son-in-love, Don Koepke, and sister, Ruth Lundquist.
There will be a celebration of Elsie's life at Appleton Alliance Church at 11 am on Wednesday, March 2, with Rev. Richard Schaefer officiating. Friends may call directly at the church on Wednesday from 9 am until the time of service. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Fox River Assisted Living and Cherry Meadows Hospice for the compassionate care shown to Elsie.
She had a strong abiding faith in God, a gentle spirit, and a loving, giving heart. We will miss her very, very much.
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