Elsie Loretta Kroetch passed away May 9, 2018 at that age of 83. Elsie was born on the family farm in Lehr, ND on May 28, 1934 to Emma Dollman Kanewischer and William Kanewischer. After high school she set out to see the country and subsequently lived in New York, Long Beach, and finally Chicago where she married James E Kroetch in 1956. She and James moved to Montana in 1957, and settled in Helena in 1959. They had two children, James (Jim) and Joseph (Joey). Elsie and James divorced after 28 years of marriage.
Elsie is survived by three sisters, Martha and Hilma Schweigert of Lehr, ND and Hilda Bergstrom, of Waseca, MN, her son Jim (Marianne) of San Jose CA, and grandchildren Ryan and Rachel, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Elsie was proceeded in death by her son Joseph, brother Otto Kanewischer, and parents William and Emma Kanewischer.
Elsie worked at the 4-B’s restaurant in Helena for over 30 years followed by 7 years at the Park Plaza. She retired in 2001.
As member of St. Helena Cathedral, Elsie was an active parishioner and dedicated volunteer who served as a greeter and helped with funeral lunches and Eucharistic adoration. She also was an active volunteer for the Red Cross and the Civic Center and was very involved in community service as a member of Beta Sigma Phi.
She loved the outdoors and spent many hours walking, hiking, and swimming. When she could no longer share outdoor adventures with her friends, she still kept in touch and always welcomed visitors. Her family and friends will miss her very much and her grandchildren will always remember her caramel rolls as being the best in the world.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing St. in Helena with a reception to follow at the Brondel Center in the lower level of the Cathedral. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Elsie.