E. Bessingpas, 89, stepmother of Preston man
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:17 AM
Elsie Bessingpas, 89, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Elsie May Bridges was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Arcadia, Neb., to Elmer and Lillie (Welty) Bridges. After graduation, she at-tended normal training and received her teaching certificate. She taught country school for a number of years in Nebraska and Minnesota.
On April 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to Willie Bock in Granger. He died in January of 1973. She was later married to Ronald Bessingpas on April 3, 1977, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
She was a member of The Cosmopolitan Club and Our Sav-iors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley and was active in the church's WELCA, Bible study group and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and watching all kinds of sports, especially college and high school basketball.
She is survived by two children, Eileen Bock of Torrance, Calif., and Duane Bock of Elgin; three step-sons, Richard (Joan) Bessingpas of Preston, Percy (Paula) Bessingpas of Stewartville and Paul (Judy) Bessingpas of Rochester; 13 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, an in-fant son, Robert in 1949, one brother, Glen, and two step-sons.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, with the Rev. Dennis Tim-merman officiating. Burial was in the Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield Township, Fillmore County.
Condolences may be left at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.