Elsie Bessingpas
Elsie Bessingpas
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 attended 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, Minn. He died in January 1973. She married Ronald Bessingpas April 3, 1977, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Elsie was a member of The Cosmopolitan Club and Our Savior's 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, Minn.; three stepsons, Richard (Joan) Bessingpas of Preston, Percy (Paula) Bessingpas of Stewartville and Paul (Judy) Bessingpas of Rochester; 13 stepgrandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, an infant son, Robert, in 1949, one brother, Glen, and two stepsons.

The funeral service was Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial was in the Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield Township, Fillmore County.

Condolences may be left at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.